What is the SAFETY Act?

Through the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Congress enacted several liability protections for providers of anti-terrorism technologies. The SAFETY Act (Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies) encourages the development and deployment of anti-terrorism technologies by offering this protection to developers and, in some cases, users of qualified technologies. The SAFETY Act was enacted to ensure that developing and commercializing potentially life-saving technologies would not be hindered by the threat of liability. The SAFETY Act limits liability for "claims arising out of, relating to, or resulting from an act of terrorism" where qualified anti-terrorism technologies (QATT) have been deployed or employed. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that the defense of the homeland requires deployment of a broad range of technologies that includes services, software, and other forms of intellectual property.

REGAL’s Evacuation Planning Tool, the predecessor to REGAL Evac, received SAFETY Act Developmental Testing and Evaluation (DT&E) Designation in November of 2011. DHS made this designation after carefully evaluating REGAL Evac against very stringent and rigorous requirements associated with qualifying an anti-terrorism technology. There are no other evacuation models available today that have undergone the level of scrutiny applied by DHS and successfully emerged with a SAFETY Act DT&E Designation. This is a clear indication of the confidence that DHS has placed in the value of using this tool and provides our clients with the peace of mind that comes with using the best tools for the important jobs.

There is another critically important benefit to clients as well. DHS wants to encourage the deployment of these QATT programs by offering “flow-down” coverage to clients who employ QATTs. Because REGAL has already secured SAFTEY Act DT&E Designation for REGAL Evac, this “flow-down” coverage is potentially available to clients for decisions made based upon output from the tool. This means that using REGAL Evac to simulate evacuation of a facility and then making planning decisions based upon that output will convey liability caps to the client in the event of an act of terrorism. To accomplish this, REGAL establishes analysis protocols to evaluate the accuracy of the model output and standardize the analysis process to guarantee valid and repeatable results. REGAL accomplishes this with minimal additional effort required by the client. REGAL Evac is designated and your facility can be too.

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