The Athena Project aims to develop technical applications or ‘apps’ for smart phones and mobile digital media devices, which will capture real-time information from the public during crisis situations. The public are often the first to arrive at the scene of an incident and are well placed to relay vital information during those early stages. Athena seeks to make the public part of the crisis team and will explore the use of mobile applications as a means of sharing information and advice between the authorities and the public. As well as using their mobile devices to communicate what is happening around them, the public will be able to assist crisis managers by informing the operational response of the emergency services.
More information: http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/athena
The overall objective of EmerGent, Emergency Management in Social Media Generation, is to understand the impact of social media in emergencies – both positive and negative - in order to enhance the safety and security of citizens. EmerGent’s results will also strengthen European companies supplying services and products related to Emergency Management.
Wherever emergencies or crises occur, ad-hoc communities are built through existing social media channels. These communities are often not connected at all or perhaps are weakly connected to the emergency management services. Systematic research concerning the effective identification and integration of valuable and reliable information from social media into emergency management processes is needed. To achieve this, a strongly research-oriented methodology is created in EmerGent.
More information is available here: http://www.fp7-emergent.eu/
FORTRESS (Foresight Tools for Responding to cascading effects in a crisis) is a three year project that started in April 2014 and will end in March 2017. The aim of the project is to identify and understand cascading effects of a crisis by using evidence-based information from a range of previous crisis situations. Cascading effects in crisis situations are frequently caused by the interrelatedness and interdependency of systems and infrastructure; crises not simply affect one system or a part thereof, but cause a chain of effects. These effects spread disruptions in complex ways that makes them difficult to comprehend and deal with. A well-known example of such cascading effects is the meltdown of Fukushima’s nuclear reactors, after the power plant was hit by a tsunami, which in turn was triggered by an earthquake. FORTRESS aims to improve crisis management practices by identifying the diversity of such cascading effects. Its main outputs include the development of a predictive model addressing potential impacts of decisions made in crisis situations, and the development of an incident evolution tool to assist decision-makers in preparing and training for crises with cascading effects.
More information is available here: http://fortress-project.eu/
POP-ALERT is a 2 year project financed by the European Commission’s 7th framework programme which runs from 2014 to 2016. The main objective of POP-ALERT is to prepare societies and populations to cope with crisis and disasters in a rapid, effective and efficient way by blending traditional crisis preparedness and first reaction strategies with the use of innovative and contemporary tools. The project develops mechanisms on how best to alert and support action by citizens under crisis conditions in familiar and unfamiliar surroundings using generic methodologies, strategies, training and a mix of technologies designed to improve population preparedness and increase community resilience. POP-ALERT seeks to improve the current practices revolving around the use of messaging and cultural sharing technologies to create awareness using technologies and approaches that offer the best form of accessibility and penetration by citizens and authorities.
For more information, please visit www.pop-alert.eu
PPDR-TC project (Public Protection and Disaster Relief – Transformation Center) is a 7th Framework programme project implemented by 10 partners. PPDR-TC will provide the foundation for the evolution of mission critical communications. The project focuses on specifying an interoperable, secure and resilient voice and data communications architecture, tailored specifically for the needs of the PPDR community. PPDR-TC addresses both mission critical and non-mission critical situations in an integrated and uniform way. The goal of the project is to enable ubiquitous secure communications over dedicated and commercial networks, investigate and propose optimal scenarios to merge commercial broadband infrastructure with current PPDR systems.
More information: http://www.ppdr-tc.eu/
Project Slandail is a collaborative project based between partners across the EU. The goal is to ethically use social media information in times of natural crisis and natural disasters to better inform emergency services of the worst affected areas.
The project is designed to research natural crises (e.g. floods, hurricanes) and to analyse how social media can be better used to spread messages about the worst affected areas during these crises. By working collaboratively with emergency service representatives and academic partners, the project aims to better understand how social media can inform emergency responses to natural disasters. It will look to build an ethical framework for increasing response times of these services using up to date social media information that is sourced from people in badly affected areas.
More information is available here: http://slandail.eu/project
TACTIC (Tools, methods And training for CommuniTIes and Society to better prepare for a Crisis)
The Tools, methods And training for CommuniTIes and Society to better prepare for a Crisis (TACTIC) project aims to increase preparedness to large-scale and cross-border disasters amongst communities and societies in Europe.
Throughout its two-year duration (May 2014 – April 2016), TACTICwill consider studies on risk perception and preparedness to develop a preparedness audit enabling communities to assess how prepared they are for different types of crises.
Additionally, TACTIC will focus on identifying and categorising good practices of communication and education practices for preparedness.
Adopting a collaborative approach to preparedness, the audit, communication and education practices will be discussed and analysed with stakeholders in a series of workshops as part of TACTIC’s case studies on four types of crises: terrorism, floods, epidemics, and earthquakes. Subsequently, a long-term learning framework for improving community preparedness to a range of crisis situations will be developed. All of TACTIC’s outputs will be presented in a web-based platform.
TACTIC has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 608058.
More information: http://www.tacticproject.eu/