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The Urban to Rural Evacuation Tool, developed by NORC and the Pennsylvania State University's Center for Environmental Informatics (PSU-CEI), is an online map-based tool that estimates numbers of evacuees expected to arrive in counties surrounding major U.S. cities in the event of a dirty bomb, pandemic flu or chemical incident. Users of the tool select a city of interest; a zoom-in map displays the counties surrounding the city that are within a 150-mile radius. Users can choose to explore the resources these counties offer (e.g. pharmacies, gas stations, hospitals, etc.) or to model one of the three scenarios. When a scenario is modeled, the tool displays the percent change in population that each county experiences, the percent of the county's total increased population that are evacuees, and the actual number of evacuees arriving in each of the counties.
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