Call for application – Trial (The Netherlands)

Are you driving innovation in Crisis Management? Are you developing and deploying socio-technical solutions for first responders? Do you provide innovations being a game changer for operational, tactical and strategic decision makers?

We need you to share your innovations with the Crisis Management community! DRIVER+ organises a series of Trials which investigate innovative solutions under simulated crisis conditions. With this call for application, we invite you to participate to the third event.

WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY?

Participating in the DRIVER+ project features great opportunity to spread out your product to the European Crisis Management community. Within the Trials, you will be in contact with a large group of actors who are working and researching in the domain. Information on your solution will be taken up in our digital Portfolio of Solutions. Thereby, your solution gains visibility to a wide audience not only within DRIVER+ but also, as part of the Portfolio of Solutions, to other interested parties in and beyond Europe. 

Participating in the Trial will enable you to:

  • Get a better understanding of the needs of the crisis management practitioners;
  • Test the integration of your solution into a complete crisis management system, based on a scenario developed by experts;
  • Get first hand feedback from operational experts who have tested your solution in a controlled environment and scientifically sound setting;
  • Get new insights to advance in the development of your solution;
  • Experience how the DRIVER+ Test-bed enhances capability development.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We are looking for solutions. A solution is a building block that contributes to a Crisis Management function. Solutions can be technologies, tools, methods, concepts, or recommendations that regard potential technical, organizational, procedural, legal, policy, societal, or ethical improvements to the European Crisis Management legacy.

We are especially looking for solutions addressing the following capability needs:

  • Planning of resources (qualified personnel and equiment) for response during large scale and long-term crises;
  • Capability to exchange crisis-related information among agencies and organisations on various level (interoperability);
  • Planning and managing large scale evacuation of population in urban areas.

TRIAL SETUP

Because of widespread effects of this kind of incidents and limited possibilities to conduct this kind of exercise in real-life conditions, the Trial will be organised as a table-top exercise based on a simulated environment.

ACTORS IN THE TRIAL

The scenario will require a commitment of stakeholders (end-users and decision makers) from every Crisis Management level (local, regional, national and international), such as representatives of the ministry of infrastructure and water, national police, regional fire and medical services, Crisis Management experts, representatives of water sectors, representatives of non-governmental organisations (Organisation of Lifeguards, Red Cross and other volunteers).

Actions will be taken by these stakeholders in a realistic information environment, based on currently available means, Crisis Management plans, rescue procedures and good practices of participants. Solution providers are asked to support the actors in their mission to respond to the scenario.

SCENARIO

A dyke or sluice breach is caused by technical failure or bad weather conditions. A part of the Safety Region Haaglanden, the Netherlands, will be flooded and damaged or destroyed. More than 500.000 people are threatened by the flooding.

During the flood, the water level will be about one meter, depending on the exact location of the breach and the altitude of the terrain. The flooding will have significant human and economic impacts. Cascading effects will be :

  • Flooded roads and railways;
  • Partly power outage;
  • (Tele-)communications failure;
  • Shortage in fresh drinking water and food supply for the population within and outside of the affected area.

The scenario requires decisions about the necessity for evacuation of inhabitants of the area afflicted by flooding. A large amount of emergency workers and rescue equipment is needed to deal with the increasing number of exposed people and to manage aforementioned cascading effects. Thus, the situation cannot be handled by Safety Region Haaglanden and regional crisis partners only, but requires deployment of additional evacuation forces, volunteers and resources from national and potentially international networks.

When the water has withdrawn, the previously flooded area will be heavily damaged and partly destroyed.

DEADLINE IS 2nd JULY, 2018

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

1. Read the Call for application.

2. Answer 10 questions about your solution carefully.

3. Submit your application.

4. Wait until 3rd September for the review results.

5. If you get pre-selected following the Call for Application, you will be invited to a solution demonstration event. At the event you will present and demonstrate your solution to the Trial committee, who will then select the most suitable solutions for the Trial. For more information, see “Trial Process Overview” below.

Any Question?

For any questions and enquiries regarding the Trial and its scenarios, you may post a question in the DRIVER+ External Cooperation Platform for Solution Providers. This is the online meeting place for solution providers to interact and share information, experiences and best practices, and to get informed about cooperation opportunities with DRIVER+.

To access the platform go directly to join the DRIVER+ external cooperation platform today! Once you have signed up please join the sub-group dedicated to Solution providers – questions regarding the Trial and the Call for application can be posted in the “Questions” section. If you are not registered in the CMT, please proceed first to https://cmt.eurtd.com/register.

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