Johns Hopkins Scientists Launch Advanced Disaster Planning and Flu Forecasting Apps
Feb 6, 2014 - 10:22:53 AM

( - Johns Hopkins scientists have developed three new Web-based software tools designed to help hospital emergency departments, first responder organizations and others model and prepare for major disasters, including flu outbreaks.

The three new digital applications, or "apps," developed by research teams at the Johns Hopkins National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER), are available for free via the PACER applications suite website.

All of the new PACER apps will be featured at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) University Centers of Excellence Innovation Showcase, to be held Feb.11 at the Immigration Customs and Enforcement headquarters in Washington, D.C. The new apps are:

Kelen, the chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, says the new apps "should help fill the gap in accessible and reliable technologies" for disaster planners struggling to anticipate the need for supplies and other resources when time is critical.

The new suite of PACER applications was developed with support from the DHS Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs.

Users must register and set up an account profile before gaining access to the new applications. Register to use and learn more about the apps here.

Learn more about the DHS University Centers of Excellence Innovation Showcase to be heldFeb. 11 in Washington, D.C.


PACER is one of 11 University Centers of Excellence identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). PACER's mission is to improve the nation's preparedness and the ability to respond to disasters through rigorous scientific research focused on medical and public health preparedness strategies, response capabilities, and surge capacity. During its seven years of support from DHS, the center received approximately $30 million in funding.


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