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27/11/2017

New EU project to improve crisis management

Munich, Germany

Both natural and manmade crises are changing in scale, frequency and ferocity. Many of these crises do not respect country boundaries. The combination of the impact of climate change, cyber-attacks and targeted terrorist activity demand an urgent improvement in the response to transboundary crisis management.As a result a new three-year project, funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme, will seek to build a system that can better respond to urgent natural and manmade crises.

IN-PREP (INtegrated next generation PREParedness programme), which was launched in Athens on 27 September, will research and develop tools to respond to three urgent challenges related to transboundary crisis management: Sharing response planning across borders and agencies, improved sharing of accurate and relevant information in real time, and improved coordination of critical and scarce resources. The Fraunhofer Institute for Technological Trend Analysis INT will have the task to analyse the conditions of crises and to identify factors for an enhanced reaction.

The combination of the impact of climate change, cyber-attacks and targeted terrorist activity demand an urgent improvement in the response to transboundary crisis management. Through IN-PREP, tools will be developed to respond to these urgent challenges and support those with the onerous responsibility of managing these life-threatening crisis situations. A training platform will be created and a handbook of operations will be delivered covering the training process of practitioners through various crisis scenarios.

Fraunhofer INT will be mainly responsible for the identification of success and failure factors in responding to crises and also for getting an understanding of the organisational, social and human factors relevant for the development of the IN-PREP system. Furthermore, Fraunhofer INT will lead the preparation of the IN-PREP handbook of transboundary preparedness and response operations.


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