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POP-ALERT

 
POP-ALERT is a 2 year project financed by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme. It proposes to undertake thorough behavioural research and take 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.

POP-ALERT will identify specific target success stories within existing and past community preparedness programmes and put together a portfolio of case studies on social networking and community self-reliance initiatives which could potentially be replicated to crisis with a European dimension and to cross-border disasters. The project will seek to study the best ways to blend contemporary tools with the existing practices identified in order to create flexible and easily deployable toolkits for preparing and alarming the European population in case of a crisis. 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.

POP-ALERT will propose a pilot project (designing criteria for selection of the area and population to be involved in the pilot, developing scenarios and objectives) in order to test the generic methodologies and to assess their effectiveness in raising an improved level of preparedness of the community.
 

EXPECTED RESULTS
The project will aim to achieve the following:
  •  Identify and gain insight into society’s understanding of large scale disaster events, their willingness to accept risk probabilities and engage in preparedness, and their behavioural responses to diverse risks and emergencies measuring expectations in both domestic and foreign situations;
  • Identify specific target success stories within existing and past community preparedness programmes – both at the local (within Member States) and EU level (cross-border) – and put together a portfolio of case studies on social networking and community self-reliance initiatives which could potentially be replicated to crisis with a European dimension and to cross-border disasters;
  • Undertake evidence-based research on the most effective existing delivery routes for informing European citizens in a situation of crisis and to assess the overarching authority strategies of local and national administrations to contribute to the preparedness of citizens;
  • Study the best ways to blend contemporary tools with the existing practices identified in order to create flexible and easily deployable toolkits for preparing and alarming the European population in case of a crisis, taking into account social and cultural differences;
  • Propose a pilot project by designing criteria for selection of the area and population to be involved in the pilot, developing scenarios and objectives;
  • Provide a generic methodology to assess the effectiveness in raising an improved level of preparedness of the community.

PARTNERS
University of Greenwich – United Kingdom
European Organisation for Security – Belgium
International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire
Altran – France
Lisbon Municipality – Portugal
Training 4 Resilience – United Kingdom
ETH Zurich – Switzerland
Edisoft – Portugal
KEMEA – Greece
University of Chester – United Kingdom
High Corsica Fire Department and Rescue Service - France

 

PUBLICATIONS

Article - "Le programme européen POP-ALERT présenté au Sdis de Haute Corse", Corse Net Infos, 17 September 2015
Article - "Population preparedness in Europe", Crisis Response Journal, p. 64-65, September 2015


CONTACT

Project Manager - Hara Caracostas: hara.caracostas@eos-eu.com

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