POP-ALERT will draw from past and existing community preparedness techniques and use its own research on the use of contemporary communications tools in order to create practical and flexible strategies for preparing the population to cope with crisis and disasters.
POP-ALERT will target a variety of stakeholders who, by their geographical, political or economic situation, are likely to face different types of threats such as:

  • Landslips,
  • Wildfires,
  • Floods,
  • Man-made disasters (technical failures and terrorism).

The project will analyse the behaviours and involvement of different community groups and evaluate whether tackling these groups separately could improve preparedness and early warning. Some of the community groups to be analysed include:

  • Men and Women
  • The elderly
  • The disabled
  • Refugees
  • Tourists
  • Expatriates

The approach proposed takes traditional Crisis Management research a step further by carrying out a series of empirical studies, taking into account new issues related to targeting both local populations and visitors such as expats or tourists (cultural differences, language barriers, etc.), in order to create a framework to facilitate the assessment of the population’s capacity to absorb and preparedness to make use of different Crisis Management strategies and technologies developed at the EU level.

The use of social networks and the way people group themselves into communities will be particularly studied as a tool for teaching and notifying citizens and options for public education, training strategies and practices will be developed. The approach this project proposes for improving the current practices revolves 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.