New Announcement - Project Status

Since July 2016 DRIVER project activities have been suspended temporarily. While DRIVER still maintains strong links with the Community of Users and other stakeholders, DRIVER experiments and other core project activities are currently on hold and envisaged to resume in 2017.

Experiment 55.2: Psychological First Aid for First Responders

People who are affected by both small and large scale crises and disasters are often exposed to very distressing experiences, becoming separated from family members or their personal belongings, losing loved ones, being evacuated from their homes, or simply having to deal with the disruption to essential services.

First responders are usually the first to arrive at an incident, so they normally have the initial contact with any survivors. First responders are also involved in the recovery phase, for example at recovery centres and in leading any reconstruction efforts. This means that they are very well positioned to address the immediate, as well as the longer-term, mental health and psychosocial needs of the general public.

Experiment 43: “Coordinated Tasking and Resource Management”

After one and a half years of detailed planning, Experiment 43 took place between 26th and the 28th April 2016 at the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) premises in Revinge and Sandö (Sweden) and the Gdynia Naval Academy (Poland). The primary focus for this experiment was the tasking and monitoring of Crisis Management (CM) resources and assets during the Preparedness and Response phases of a mass rescue incident, including cross-border cooperation and information sharing.

Experiment 55.1: Collaboration and interaction of first responders with the general public

People at an incident location do not passively wait for help to come. They tend to take action spontaneously, even before the professionals arrive on scene. They comfort one another, provide immediate first aid for the injured, as well as conduct initial search and rescue efforts, and as such contribute to improving the survival rates of victims. Once professional help does arrive, the general public may have valuable information about what happened that can help the professionals build up a Common Operational Picture (COP).

Successful conduction of experiment 42/36.2 “Interaction with Citizens and Volunteer Management” in The Hague

In a joint effort DRIVER partners successfully inaugurated the platform in The Hague by conducting a large-scale experiment involving an overall number of approximately 150 volunteers (135 citizens and 15 CM professionals), 26 technicians and experiment organizers, 28 external observers, 9 evaluators and 7 DRIVER solutions. The experiment took place at the VRH premises over two days on April 19th to 20th and assumed a flood scenario in which a combined high tide with an extreme weather event threatened the citizens in the region of The Hague.

ISCRAM 2016 “Informal Volunteering” Workshop organized by DRIVER partners

AIT and MDA are organizing at the ISCRAM 2016 in Rio de Janeiro a DRIVER workshop to discuss risks and opportunities of ad-hoc and informal volunteers in crisis management. The workshop intends to shade light on the experiences with different methodologies and practices for managing such volunteers and is organised as a half day World Café. In addition, participants are encouraged to contribute with short papers prior to the workshop, as well as to participate in writing a joint position paper after the workshop.

Exhibition Systems and Technologies for HLS and Civil Defense, June 8th 2016

The Israel Home Front Command Headquarters will organize an exhibition on the topic Systems and Technologies for HLS and Civil Defense in Ramla, Israel on June 8th, 2016.

All prepared to launch Experiment 42 - Interaction with Citizens (The Hague 19-20th April)

Everything is set to launch EXPE 42!

The activities will take place on the 19th and 20th of April. The set up is a flood scenario, which combines a high tide and an extreme weather event, threatening the citizens in the region of The Hague. The experiment will take place at the VRH premises (City of The Hague).

DRIVER project contributing to Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre

The Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC) is a new initiative of the European Commission to improve and deepen the communication between policy makers, operational teams and scientists in the field of disaster risk management. The DRIVER Project will significantly contribute to providing essential information for the research Work Programme 2018-2020.

Crisis Response Journal Article on DRIVER

The new Crisis Response Journal is out (CRJ 11:3) and it comes with a 2-page article on DRIVER.

Crisis Response Journal is a global information resource that covers all aspects of human-induced natural disasters, spanning response, disaster risk reduction, resilience, business continuity and security.

DRIVER in TIEMS Newsletter March 2016

DRIVER in TIEMS Newsletter March 2016

TIEMS is a Global Forum for Education, Training, Certification and Policy in Emergency and Disaster Management. TIEMS is dedicated to developing and bringing the benefits of modern emergency management tools, techniques and good industry practises to society for a safer world.

Ejercicio Sur 2016 - Earthquake Disaster Simulation, Seville

UME (Military Unit for Emergencies, Spain) will carry out the exercise "Gamma Sur 2016" in Seville between the 4th and the 8th of April.

Over 3,500 Crisis Management professionals, from Spain, France, Portugal among other countries, will participate in this joint simulation involving a high intensity earthquake.

I4CM Berlin - Final Report Published

On December 8th and 9th 2015, the second International Workshop on Innovation for Crisis Management (I4CM) was held at the Fraunhofer-Forum Berlin within the framework of the DRIVER project.

2015 TIEMS best academic paper award goes to the DRIVER project

At the end of September 2015, The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) held its annual conference in Rome, Italy.

Collaborate, share and exchange: the DRIVER Community Platform

Early 2016, more than 250 experts from the fields of civil protection, security, technology, police, environment, health, defence and standardisation (to name a few) expressed their interest in the DRIVER project by subscribing to the DRIVER community database available via the public website.

Towards a Common Operational Picture for Major Emergencies Operational Data Lift Experiment (Experiment 41)

During a largescale emergency it is more important than ever that fast, accurate and comprehensive information is available to responders. The major European research project DRIVER is addressing this by testing the benefits of the adoption of a Common Operational Picture (COP) approach.

How to Talk with the Public– and What to Say

Stakeholder Message Mapping and Communication Training

Building resilience requires effective communication with the public before, during and after any major emergency – and when things go wrong bad communications practices are often part of the problem.

I4CM Berlin 2015

The second International Workshop on Innovation for Crisis Management (I4CM) took place on 8th and 9th December 2015 at the Fraunhofer-Forum Berlin. The workshop was part of a series of workshops organised in the framework of the DRIVER project. The first I4CM workshop was held in Marseille on 26 and 27th of May 2015.

The main objective of DRIVER I4CM workshops are to target local practitioners who have an interest in CM research and who possess indispensable operational knowledge to guide crisis management innovation. The I4CM initiative is complementary to the European Commission DG Home´s Community of Users (CoU), where I4CM results will be disseminated at EU level.

The 2nd I4CM workshop was co-hosted by the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis (INT). The event was opened by Prof. Dr. Alfred Gossner, Member of the Executive Board of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, andAlbrecht Broemme, President of the THW. After the welcome speeches, an introduction to the DRIVER project was provided by project coordinator Fernando Kraus (ATOS).

Rescue exercise in a simulated flood (Experiment 40) was completed successfully at DLR in Germany

From 9 September 2015, test flights are taking place on three consecutive days in a simulated disaster scenario as part of the EU's 'Driving Innovations in Crisis Management for European Resilience' (DRIVER) project. Harrowing scenes are being simulated in Braunschweig on those days.

DRIVER presents first results on human-centred design of crisis management systems at Workshop

DRIVER presents first results on human-centred design of crisis management systems at Workshop about Human-Machine Interaction and Social Computing in security critical systems, 6-9.9.2015 in Stuttgart

TIEMS 2015 Best Academic Paper Award

Dennis Andersson and Pär Eriksson awarded with the TIEMS 2015 Best Academic Paper Award

Agreement of Liaison between DRIVER and CEN/TC 391

One of the objectives of DRIVER is to use the results of the project to develop new standards in the field of crisis management or to use them as input to already existing relevant standardization activities.

Second Driver Newsletter

In this issue, recent activities covered under the DRIVER thematic areas “Civil Society Resilience”, “Strengthened Responders” and “Supporting information and analysis” are highlighted that provide an insight into some of their key objectives.

First Edition of the DRIVER Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of the DRIVER Newsletter. The objective of this Newsletter is to present the main achievements and findings of the DRIVER Crisis Management (CM) demonstration project. The DRIVER Newsletter will be published every six months.