On March 15th and 16th 2016, over 80 researchers and practitioners from across Europe and beyond were brought together for the final conference of the POP-ALERT and TACTIC projects. The conference provided an opportunity for participants to learn more about increasing preparedness to various types of risk, engage in lively discussions, and to network with other key stakeholders interested in preparedness.

TACTIC and POP-ALERT, sister projects both funded under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme, focus on tools for increasing community preparedness for large-scale and cross-border disasters. The first day of the conference began with welcoming speeches from Philippe Quevauviller and Quillaume Lapeyre from the Research Executive Agency, European Commission, who provided insight into the common themes addressed by both projects and highlighted the motivations for funding research involving communities. For instance, both TACTIC and POP-ALERT focus on:

  • The relationship between risk perception and preparedness; how do the public perceive different types of risk and what do these perceptions mean for preparedness?
  • The importance of an effective risk communication strategy
  • The use of technologies to prepare both organisations and the general public for large-scale and cross-border disasters; this includes the POP-ALERT Dashboard and the TACTIC Online Self-Assessment Platform (TOSAP)
  • Participatory approaches involving the involvement of stakeholders in the development of preparedness tools through the use of pilots (POP-ALERT) and case study workshops (TACTIC)
  • The collection of good practices in community preparedness

The introductory presentations from TACTIC’s (Christian Kuhlicke) and POP-ALERT’s (Hara Caracostas) coordinators also highlighted the key differences that make the projects complementary. While Christian spoke about the different tools that TACTIC’s partners have developed for four hazards (flooding, terrorism, earthquakes and epidemics/pandemics), Hara presented on POP-ALERTS all hazards approach and the project’s focus on increasing the preparedness of different communities (e.g., tourists, expats, refugees). Despite the differences between the two projects, increasing community preparedness to respond to crises and disasters is the core objective.

Please find all the presentations from Day 1 (POP-ALERT) here and from day 2 (TACTIC) here.

The POP-ALERT Pilot Project took place in Lisbon on the 5th of February 2016. 130 participants gathered from across the EU to test the POP-ALERT tools and provide feedback to the Consortium. The participants got to use the POP-ALERT Dashboard for Population Preparedness and Alerting during a self-learning session and an exercise using a earthquake scenario. The results of this Pilot Project will be published at the end of March 2016.

In the meantime, you can watch the video here as well as some photos below:

 

 

POP-ALERT's 2nd Stakeholder Forum took place successfully and resulted in interesting conclusions. The Forum was divided into 5 tables, each with a different topic of discussion. Participants were invited to choose their table and had the possibility to switch tables after a certain amount of time in order to cover different topics. Each table was hosted by a facilitator who led the discussions. The report will be available soon.

A Graphic Facilitator was travelling from table to table to perform live sketching of the different discussions taking place. The sketching captured the atmosphere in the room and provided a visual representation of the key conclusions.

The 5 discussion groups of the forum were represented as follows:

DISCUSSION 1: PROFILING TO IMPROVE CRISIS COMMUNICATION & RESPONSE

DISCUSSION 2: USE OF NEW MEDIA BY FIRST RESPONDERS & PUBLIC AUTHORITIES
DISCUSSION 3: USE OF NEW MEDIA BY CITIZENS
DISCUSSION 4: THE EUROPEAN DIMENSION & THE ROLE OF THE EU
DISCUSSION 5: ALERT SOUNDS, BASIC MESSAGES & ILLUSTRATIONS

The post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction was adopted at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. Read the new framework here.

POP-ALERT hosted its first Expert Group Meeting and Stakeholder Forum Workshop on 25th-26th November 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.

Download the Press Release.

Where: Sendai, Japan
When: 14-18 March 2015

Several thousand participants are expected at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, including at related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.

The United Nations General Assembly Resolution for 2013 on International Strategy for Disaster Reduction states that the World Conference will result in a concise, focused, forward-looking, and action-oriented outcome document and will have the following objectives:

  • To complete assessment and review of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action;
  • To consider the experience gained through the regional and national strategies/institutions and plans for disaster risk reduction and their recommendations as well as relevant regional agreements within the implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action;
  • To adopt a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;
  • To identify modalities of cooperation based on commitments to implement a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;
    To determine modalities to periodically review the implementation of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

For more information please visit http://www.wcdrr.org/

Fill in the POP-ALERT survey which aims to assess and gain insight into society’s understanding of how prepared people are to cope with crises and disasters.

Please fill in the survey by clicking on one of the links below:

> POP-ALERT survey in English

> POP-ALERT survey in French

> POP-ALERT survey in Dutch

> POP-ALERT survey in Greek

> POP-ALERT survey in German

Pass this on to any family, friends or colleagues who may also be able to complete it. We are seeking responses from people over the age of 18 from all sectors of society and a wide range of backgrounds, ages etc.

Many thanks in advance for your help.

The POP-ALERT Team

Population Alerting: Linking Emergencies, Resilience and Training

The new European Union-funded project POP-ALERT (Population Alerting: Linking Emergencies, Resilience and Training) officially started on the 1st of April. This project, gathering the expertise of 11 partners, will jointly develop innovative tools, mechanism and methodologies to prepare societies and populations to cope with crisis and disaster in a rapid, effective and efficient way. POP-ALERT will take traditional crisis management research a step further by including new issues related to targeting both local populations and visitors such as expats or tourists (cultural differences, language barriers, etc.) and create a generic efficient framework at EU level to assess preparedness and develop the right solutions. Ultimately, a pilot project will be proposed to test the generic methodologies and to assess their effectiveness in raising an improved level of preparedness of the community.


On April 23 and 24 2014, the project partners, who represent European Member States’ local authorities, first responders, security solution providers, research centers and academia, came together at the University of Greenwich in London to launch POP-ALERT and develop a strategy for the 1st year of the project.

Over the next 2 years, POP-ALERT will engage the community (authorities, law enforcement, first responders and community groups) into a crisis management stakeholder dialogue and encourage the development of a sustainable cooperation and collaboration with the aim to:

Raise awareness, assess preparedness and improve resilience

The consortium will work on the development of best ways to blend contemporary tools with the existing crisis management practices in order to create flexible and easily deployable toolkits for preparing and alarming the European population in case of a crisis in familiar and unfamiliar surroundings. These toolkits will be tested and validated through a pilot project which results will feed into recommendations to European policymakers.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant Agreement n°608030