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This is the seventh edition of the DRIVER+ Newsletter. We wish you an insightful reading.
Newsletter #7 May 2019
Trial Netherlands is coming up
After months of intense preparation and two dry-runs, Trial Netherlands is imminent. On 21-23 May 2019, crisis management solutions will be tested against a flooding scenario in The Hague, involving a wide range of stakeholders (end-users and decision makers) from every crisis management level (local, regional, national and international levels), jointly working to achieve the following objectives:
  • Enhance the capability to plan and coordinate resources for response
  • Improve the ability to exchange crisis-related information
  • Facilitate the planning and management of large-scale evacuation
Following a meticulous selection process, 5 innovative solutions were chosen (3DI, ZKI-KeepOperational, CrisisSuite, HumLog, Sim-Cl) that will be tested in a challenging scenario simulating a breach of the primary seawall near the lock of Scheveningen, caused by severe weather conditions. A large part of The Hague city centre will be flooded as a result, damaging infrastructure and threatening a large portion of the city’s inhabitants. Cascading effects will include power outage, flooded roads and railway infrastructure, threatening the population in the affected areas.
Consult the full press release
DRIVER+ highlights
Two CEN workshops based on DRIVER+ outcomes were held in Berlin

On April 29th 2019, the kick-off meeting of the CEN Workshop Agreements (CWAs) was held in Berlin at DIN's premises. Based on key DRIVER+ outcomes, the first CEN workshop agreement addressed with the Trial Guidance Methodology while the second addressed the topic of information exchange – semantic and syntactical interoperability for cross border disaster management. This meeting was an excellent opportunity to welcome internal and external participants who will be consulted on the preparation of the documents during the whole process. Project plans, working procedure and the roles of experts were defined and adopted. Stay tuned for the development of these two CEN workshop agreements in the future!
More about DRIVER+ standardisation activities

Registration for the 4th Innovation For Crisis Management (I4CM) event is now open

The Innovation for Crisis Management (I4CM) events contribute to the building of a shared understanding in Crisis Management through the organisation of an annual event focusing on Crisis Management topics, allowing issues of common interest to be addressed and synergies between initiatives to be developed. Co-hosted by the Danish Red Cross, this new edition will focus on volunteer management in a crisis situation, with special attention being paid to issues around organised volunteers, spontaneous volunteers and psychosocial support to volunteers. This edition will also give the participants an opportunity to learn about the latest development regarding the organisation of the fourth DRIVER+ Trial in Eisenerz, Styria (Austria) in September 2019, whose focus is also on Volunteer Management.

The two-day event will comprise keynote speakers, plenary discussions, interviews, dedicated workshops and hands-on sessions with trainings and roundtables. Furthermore, a marketplace will be central to the event, allowing practitioners to discover innovative Crisis Management solutions.  

Click here to register and consult the agenda
Trial Austria is taking shape

DRIVER+ Trial Austria is currently being prepared. It is organised by the Austrian Red Cross (ARC) together with the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and will be conducted from 9th-15th September 2019 as a multi-day field exercise in close synergy with IRONORE, a Large Scale European Civil Protection exercise in Eisenerz, Austria.

The scenario of the trial will be a heavy earthquake in the local region of Eisenerz which will require, as for all previous DRIVER+ Trials, a commitment of stakeholders from different crisis management levels and from different emergency responders. Following a call for applications, five solutions were selected to be tested during the trial.

Learn more about Trial Austria
Useful Documentation in Crisis Management
United National Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Annual Report 2018

2018 was another costly year both in loss of life and livelihoods as a result of disasters. Wildfires across Europe and North America, earthquakes and tsunamis in Southeast Asia, floods across Asia, heatwaves in South Asia, drought in South America and Africa, landslides in Africa and Asia and a destructive volcano in Central America all increased global awareness regarding the need to invest in disaster risk reduction. 

The 2018 Annual Report provides an overview of the results achieved by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) towards its vision, the sustainable reduction of disaster risk and losses for a sustainable future, vis-à-vis its guiding documents, the UNISDR Strategic Framework 2016-2021, the UNISDR Work Programme 2016-2019 and its Results Frameworks.

Acces the full report
E-Handbook on Societal Security Crises and Emergency Response in Europe

First responders’ everyday business is impossible without collaboration and effective communication; therefore, they form a chain of professional actors, working together to successfully resolve crises. This Handbook is an outcome of the SOURCE Project in Societal Security and is a practical guide for the chain of first responders in crisis management in the area of societal security. It focuses on complex scenarios challenging human safety, public order and societal stability. The e-handbook features six stories in the format of case-studies and videos from different parts of Europe, where strategies and actions of first response professionals during national emergencies are explored in an involving manner. All six case-studies are built upon the analysis of real events that occurred in the 2000s. 
Download the e-handbook
Upcoming third-party events
European Climate Change Adaptation Conference
Lisbon, Portugal
28-31 May 2019
First responders’ everyday business is impossible without collaboration and effective communicatThe European Climate Change Adaptation Conference is an opportunity to share and learn from professionals in adaptation while discovering new products and research as well as alternative approaches to engaging with stakeholders. It also provides insights on data, methods and approaches in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, co-production of knowledge, solutions and services, communication, data-sharing and decision support, and much more.
Event page
20th PSCE Conference
Lancaster, UK
4-6 June 2019
PSCE Conferences focus on the most topical issues in public safety and bringing together policy makers, academic researchers, industrial experts and other interested stakeholders. PSCE Conferences traditionally attract over 100 international participants from more than 20 countries and include representatives of the EU institutions, national authorities, international organisations, regional authorities, industrial partners, civil society, researchers, and other interested stakeholders. This edition will focus on Flash Flooding, IoT and Cybersecurity.
Event page
12th International Conference on Earthquake Resistant Engineering Structures
Barcelona, Spain
5-7 June 2019
ERES 2019 is the twelfth international conference in the series on 'Earthquake Resistant Engineering Structures' organised by the Wessex Institute. The meeting provides a unique forum for the discussion of basic and applied research in the various fields of earthquake engineering relevant to the design of structures.
Event page
2nd International Conference on Natural Hazards and Infrastructure
Chania, Greece
23-26 June 2019
This conference aims to make the extra mile towards Infrastructure Resilience. It is currently well understood that protection against extreme events is not served by the “stronger is better” principle. Apart from several scientific evidence disproving the adequacy of such a concept, building stronger structures has no impact in protecting existing infrastructure. On the contrary, the latter is asked to serve more needs stemming from the expansion of populations in urbanized regions, at a time when ageing reduces its capacity. Further to that, both the frequency and intensity of extreme natural events are augmenting. 

The conference will include panel discussions among different stakeholders, excellent keynote lectures, special and theme sessions  in what we hope to be a most lively event encouraging discussion on challenging topics.
Event page
Resilient Cities
Bonn, Germany
26-28 June 2019
Resilient Cities – The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation – is hosted every year in Bonn. This is a milestone event connecting local government leaders and climate adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe.
Event page
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