Teaming Up for the New DRS Calls in 2022

Cascading effects and vulnerability of society are essential elements to be tackled by the new call for proposals under Cluster 3, the EU programme for developing security and societal resilience actions. A group of about 25 scientific, policy and first responders‘ organisations called by the CRISPRO network discussed new proposals for 2022. The online consultations were hold on 21st October, 2021. The group assessed their previous experience and highlighted the importance of focusing on pragmatical and applicable tools-developments referring to historical data, online data from social networks, situational awareness and first responders preparedness. The main idea is to tackle cascading effects and multi-hazards paradigm because such models of disaster risk management enable engagement of various forms of vulnerability mitigation measures.

The team will be acting as a non-formal and project-driven team of prominent organisations for challenging models and aspects of disaster risk reduction based on grant opportunities for development.

Adapt Planning to Social, Health and Economic Vulnerability

Social, health and economic vulnerability are critical and though ultimate goals of the policy-driven risk assessment tool under development by the knowledge network CRISPRO. Results from the multi-hazards approach questionnaire delivered by 40 first responders, policy-makers, experts and mayors were presented on 30.09.2021 at the regular CRISPRO webinar, which focused on aspects of resilience.

We can be using modern technologies to draft disaster risk assessments and contingency plans based on scenarios for multiple hazards activation. Professor Dr Manzul Kumar Hazarika, the Director of AIT’s Geoinformatics Center (GIC), unwrapped recent scientific advances to the multi-hazard risk assessment, early warning, emergency mapping and damage assessment, community-based disaster management, and capacity building. He presented the institute’s work promoting the applications of Remote Sensing and GIS in disaster management and related topics. However, recognising the emerging importance of these technologies and the potential future demand for skilled professionals is critical for policy-makers on local, regional, and national levels. By this, we mean that there shall be a change into professional toolbox and competence profiles of people engaged in building the resilience of community and societies for achieving progress.

Risk mapping outlines different hazards that interact with the area’s vulnerability and with the preparedness in the territory is used by the Czech Institute for the Protection of the Population. The cumulated risks are afterwards linked to the preparedness maps that present available sources and means for reaction to a particular event. An upgrade approach is also applied in the Slovak Republic. The comprehensive system of catalogues and attributes of protected interests and areas combines the values of properties to further damage loss calculation of the vulnerability. The Slovakian integrated mapping under development functions as a common management information system referring to all first responders, including rescuers and police, private civil protection units and volunteer organisations.

Participants stressed the resilience aspects of one economic sector that is vastly developing in Europe and rapidly affecting the environment and community public spaces – the tourism sector. Human activities in nature influence the performance of stable models and vice versa. The shift to unexpected meteorological conditions contribute to behaviours changes in the Alps, declared Elena Pede from the Department Interateneo di Scienze, Progetto e Politiche del Territorio / Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Italy. Needs today are assessed and assigned to the cooperation model.

For doing so, the conditions of exposure, capacity response and vulnerability for protected interests of the community and/or society are explored. In addition, of course, it is of great importance to find protocols and systems meeting the expectations for securing greater protection and mitigation of the potential negative impacts and decreasing the level of risks driven by hazards, disasters, extraordinary events and climate change. Improving the people’s quality of life, the sustainable development of the territories and the cross-border economic and social systems through cooperation on the economy, the environment and the services to citizens shall also be part of the risk assessment from a territorial aspect. Direct impacts refer to the increase of natural hazards, desertification, ecosystems changes, water scarcity, forest fires, hydro-geological and hydraulic instability, etc. we should consider climate change scenarios more and more in spatial and emergency planning. Local authorities are in greater need of adapting the traditional parameters and urban planning policies to the needs of emergency planning, architecture, green spaces distribution, public services, etc.

Empowering socio-economic resilience will support policy-makers in calculating exposure, sensitivity and adaptation costs as crucial for both land-use and emergency planning.

For example, the management of cultural events such as the international pilgrimage route Camino de Santiago requires specific attention by local authorities. Therefore, the CRISPRO assessment tool for mayors and regional policy-makers shall enable them to use practical methods for risk assessment of local events that vastly contribute to change of environment and increase of community vulnerability in terms of emergencies and accidents.
Marta Trueba from the Oficina del Campus Industrial de Ferrol, Universidade da Coruña, Spain, presented a practical risk assessment toolbox concerning the development of a civil protection plan, comprising „specific plans“ covering preparedness measures for challenging one unique event: the Camino and linking it to contingency Planning from trans-regional aspects with Asturias, Castilla and Portugal. The integral role of the protected interests is presented by the individual and group pilgrims, religious spaces, private spaces, public spaces, concerts, events, etc. Thousands of pilgrims, from children to ancient, moving on foot, on the bicycle or horseback, on the wheelchair, all of them heading to Santiago, and the emergency Planning considers different health statuses (ageing, illnesses, health persistence etc.), motivations and weather conditions. For challenging all emergencies raised by the international pilgrim route, the regional authorities convene a temporary protection body as Integral Coordination Center 112 and mobilise groups of volunteers, trained and ready to assist in the case of an emergency along the route.

Daniel Sampere about climate-induced disasters

The ANYWEHER project focuses on the weather-induced emergency management. The initiative offers catalogues or weather and climate forecasts products /snow, fire, storm, flood, severe winds, droughts, etc.) advancing climate risk forecasting and global situational awareness for civil protection actors.


Vulnerability, Resilience, and Crowding…in Disaster Management

Lessons Learnt from Recent MegaDisasters

 Training and Knowledge Sharing Platform for First Responders and Educational Tools for students’ and citizens’ awareness and preparedness against Natural and Manmade Disasters and Risks Lessons Learnt from recent Megadisasters  in Europe  Keynote Speech:  Prof. Emmanouloudis D., International Hellenic University  Ass. Prof. Chalaris M., International Hellenic UniversityThe role of volunteers in the homicidal disasters Presenter: Dr. Karamanou A., General…

Information sharing between Law Enforcement Authorities in Europe: best practices and challenges

The ILEAnet H2020 project workshop is organised as part of a study led by CEIS-Avisa Partners on how European Law Enforcement Authorities (LEAs) share information in the domains of migration, terrorism, cybercrime, and serious & organised crimes. The study is conducted in the framework of the EU project ILEAnet co-creating a sustainable LEA-practitioners network centered on research & innovation challenges.  Keynote speakers:…

Putting Resilience on the First Place

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Multi-hazards and combined threats‘ trends: presentation of the results from the international survey Public Assessment Tool: Launching a discussion on the CRISPRO support management and evidence-based methods. The event’s focus is a multi-hazard and multi-vulnerability risk assessment tool tackling the complex chain(s) of socio-economic effects scenarios. Scientists and risk management experts will demonstrate applicable practices and approaches…

Crowd Management and Vulnerability Mitigation Methods

Table-top exercises models for crowd managementVulnerability in Risk Analyses Would you like to learn how to assess crowd safety risks and identify hazards? We offer a consultative workshop for demonstrating various vulnerability aspects of evacuating, rescuing, and caring for people victims of flood and storm disasters. We are looking for defining standard operational procedures, material…

Tracking RNe Technologies

Police and fire officers from the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic exercised dangerous radiological source tracking in the by-urban area of Malacky. The two-day exercise in Slovakia as part of the @TERRIFFIC_EU

The threat to society posed by so-called dirty bombs is increasing. A dirty bomb, or radiological dispersal device (RDD), is a speculative radiological weapon that combines radioactive material with conventional explosives.

The TERRIFFIC project brings together 10 European organisations, working together to deliver an important step-change in the effectiveness of first responders during the first hours of a Radiological, Nuclear, explosive (RNe) incident. This will lead to reduced response times, fewer health and safety risks for the response teams, and less human intervention in the operation due to a higher number of automated processes and extended mobile detection capabilities.


The main objective of the MELODY project is to define, develop and deploy a harmonized CBRN training curriculum for first responders and medical staff, including ambulance drivers, paramedics, and emergency room (ER) personnel. The target group includes members of agencies that are responsible for dealing with emergencies, being unintentional or intentional releases of CBRN, which require immediate action. The training curriculum should provide a clear picture of the possible consequences and effects and how to act together in a safe and effective and efficient way. Melody members and destination home page.

CiProVoT online course

A Trans-national training course CiProVoT offering three modules for Civil Protection Volunteers, is hosted by CRISPRO.

The development of disaster prevention and awareness in the Civil Protection is closely linked to the ability to draw in the experiences and learning of this daily work as well as using daily operation in non-disaster situations to create networks with and broader awareness among other key stakeholders and the public on risk-management, disaster prevention and preparedness.


The Civil Protection Volunteer Course is an online multinational training programme that aims to provide you with technical skills. It ables you to share experiences and create networks with other experts in disaster prevention.

The first module is about national hazards and disaster risk reduction. The second is focused on crisis management, and the third unwraps opportunities for using ICT in disaster resilience and risk management.

Each training module is developed into subunits consisting of four hours of study. At the end of the training course, you will identify the global and regional type of hazards, identify and understand the impacts causing the various hazards in Europe, understand the disaster risk reduction concepts and develop your conceptual frameworks. Finally, you will be able to identify disaster risk reduction strategies and operational planning.

You can start your training by registering on the online course platform.

CiProVoT-Civil Protection Volunteers Training

CiProVot Course Presentation
Introduction: Natural Hazard and Disaster Risk Reduction
Module 1. Natural Hazard and Disaster Risk Reduction
Module 2. Emergency planning
Module 3. ICT for Disaster Risk Reduction Activities

Virtual Control Room (VCR)

The Virtual Control Room (VCR) established in International Hellenic University (IHU) is one of the most complete and modern VCR all over Europe. The VCR of IHU has been funded by the Administrative Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace in Northern Greece. It specializes in the fundamental and advanced training of students and professionals on control room operations and emergency responses during technological or natech accidents. 

Most of the scenarios examined in the VCR are not hypothetical or fiction products, but rather the result of long-term interviews with industry executives, field operators and control room operators in order to reproduce accurately, efficiently and effectively near-misses, dangerous incidents and accidents. This is particularly beneficial to the trainees for getting well acquainted with what-if fact-scenarios of our developed comprehensive database, and coping with difficult circumstances, often more difficult than they actually were. To that end, trainees have the opportunity to test and understand their limits in a highly secure environment; and on the other hand the industrial executives to be informed about the suitability and readiness of their staff. 

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Multiple Emergency in Lebanon: Looking for Mitigation Solutions

Dear Friends and Colleagues
While we are used to working on project opportunities and webinars, today, we call for smart ideas and knowledge in support of our Lebanese partner - the first responders’ ambulant centre of the Development Association for Life and Peace, D.L.P. Association in the Aanout, Chouf district.
Following our common endeavour to improve communities’ quality, we can challenge together one real case: Lebanon’s devastating situation. 
We welcome any proposal for collecting various material equipment/tools and medical supplies for the first responders’ ambulant centre D.L.P. Association in the Aanout, Chouf, Lebanon. The cash-strapped country has been without a full-fledged government for more than eight months, and riots burst in the streets of Lebanese communities. Moreover, people in remote regions are left without healthcare services, and poverty is rising due to a deep economic crisis compounded with COVID-19.
Should you know how to mobilise knowledge and networks for delivery emergency support of medical supply and medicaments to Lebanon, please share with us. 
We can ensure tents, folding beds, blankets, and launch negotiations for air transportation services.
Any of you can contact the Lebanese association directly
How to contribute
•          Propose an idea for raising attention to urgent emergency support to Lebanon
•          Declare an ability to donate equipment, medical supply, medicaments, etc. related
•          Propose logistic solutions
•          Propose a global crowdfunding technology/solution that can be launch ASAP
•          Help with an international communication campaign
•          Network with your national/governmental institutions and ask for any official aid /humanitarian support
•          Propose how to connect all native Lebanese partners if you are communicating with grassroots organisations
We are looking forward to your smart and human intact ideas and technological solutions.


The Crisis Management Innovation Network Europe

The Crisis Management Innovation Network Europe (CMINE) is an open, cooperative and inclusive information network for sharing information, experiences, best practice and lessons learned among individuals, crisis management organisations, researcher entities, industry and policy makers throughout Europe and beyond.
CMINE provides a superb window to participate in and observe discussions on innovation and thereby establish an unprecedented sharing of knowledge across all fields of Crisis Management and Disaster Risk Reduction.
CMINE also links stakeholders from existing projects, like H2020 resilient societies projects, networks (CBRNe) and initiatives to reduce repetition and fragmentation whilst encouraging new ideas, and identifying innovative solutions to improve European resilience.
CMINE strives to provide a platform for the Horizon Europe projects and Knowledge Networks under the flag of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism.
To join simply visit and register to become a member. You’ll be asked to provide some basic information regarding your connection with the Crisis Management community and your in!