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Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HA/DR): Urban Outbreak 2019

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From 17-18 September 2019, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) - National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) and the United States Naval War College (NWC) conducted a game at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab (JHU-APL) in Laurel, Maryland. Titled “Urban Outbreak 2019,” this two-day, three-move analytic game was internally developed by the NWC’s Humanitarian Response Program (HRP) and emerged as an output from their 2018 Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop.

Building on the work of the 2019 Urban Outbreak game, professors from the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program within the College of Maritime Operational Warfare at the U.S. Naval War College and two NWC interns from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) PKG Center’s Social Impact Internships Program released an “Urban Outbreak Online Simulation” in November 2020. The game focuses on players responding to a notional disease outbreak in a fictional developing nation. The single-player game is available free-of-charge to the public in the link below.



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