On 10 June 2015, CEIS organised a second expert workshop in the framework of the FP7 PREDICT project (PREparing for the Domino effect In Crisis siTuations) in collaboration with the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. End-users showed a great interest in this workshop, attended by more than 25 representatives from 16 crisis management organisations stemming from 13 European countries and the European Commission.
This expert workshop was entitled "Managing Cascading Effects - Understanding the Incident Evolution" and primarily aimed at gathering inputs from the participants on how the crisis evolution can be observed, predicted and communicated at the prevention and response levels. Partners from VTT presented a generic 7 steps methodology for understanding the incident evolution, and thus improving the capability of crisis management organisations to mitigate potential cascading effects. The participants were invited - via questionnaires and focus group sessions - to share their knowledge and understanding of cascading effects and incident evolution solutions, based on their field experience. The discussion also focused on end-user experience, best practices, expectations and requirements for using methodologies and tools to asses the temporal and quantitative development of a crisis, and to mitigate the negative impact of potential domino effects.
The audience was introduced to the Union Civil Protection Mechanism during a presentation given by a representative from DG ECHO. This presentation highlighted the role played by the EU to facilitate crisis cooperation and support national disaster prevention capacities. An end-user - Chief Fire Officer at a Danish local Fire and Rescue Service - presented one critical exemple of a crisis, the Storm “Bodil”, involving cascading effects and their impact on the crisis management procedures and actions.
In addition to further expand and consolidate the broad network of end-users interested in PREDICT, the feedback and inputs gathered during this seminar will help the consortium to improve the project’s research and activities. They will be instrumental in better understanding the requirements of crisis management organisations and in eventually delivering operational results.
In the framework of the PREDICT project, CEIS organises a series of 5 workshops with representatives from crisis management authorities in Europe. The aim of these expert meetings is to engage with the community of end-users external to the project, to present the progress of work of the project, and to gather inputs and feedback from the end-users. The inputs gathered from these workshops will feed the deliverables of the various work packages and help orient the project’s research. The workshops also provide the opportunity for the partners to present and disseminate the results of their research, from which end-users may benefit.