1st CALL for applications (CLOSED)

Are you driving innovation in Crisis Management? Are you developing and deploying socio-technical solutions? 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 first event.

Why should you apply?

Participating in the DRVER+ portfolio of solutions 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. 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. The trials furthermore create a controlled environment simulating a crisis scenario to test and assess solutions, which are currently under development, providing you with new insights to advance in the design.

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.

Scenario

An error occurring during maintenance of a chemical plant incapacitates a control station for pipeline pressure causing rupture in a toxic chemical pipe which releases a massive amount of a fluid mud like chemical.

Developments from initial situation

The broken control station prevents a quick intervention and the increased pressure causes approximately one million cubic metres of toxic, mud like, fluid as a massive 1-2 meter high wave that floods nearby localities in a matter of minutes. Included in the path of the spill are several villages and towns, where initially 15 people die and 200 people get severe toxic injuries. The eventual 60 square kilometres of affected land include a river that crosses the border into neighbouring countries. This river is used as water intake for various industries, agriculture and fresh water companies, resulting in destroyed crops, toxic injuries to livestock, and disturbance in the water supply causing immediate water shortage. The incident requires deployment of evacuation forces as well as a high number of decontamination forces from multiple countries to deal with the increasing number of toxic injured people.

INITIAL CRISIS SITUATION

During maintenance work on a chemical plant in a border region in Poland, an error in the maintenance causes a control station to short-circuit. This leads to an unsafe build-up of pressure in the connected pipelines running between the main plant and a sub plant several miles away. The pipe that carries a liquid, mud like form of a toxic chemical eventually bursts, spilling its contents.

Trial Setup

Due to the widespread effects of this kind of incidents and the limited possibilities to conduct this kind of exercise in real-life conditions, the planned demonstration will have the form of 2-day, international table-top trial. The aim of the trial is to simulate coordinated local, regional, national and international level actions, whose purpose is to counteract the disaster effects. The scenario will be prepared inside virtually simulated countries to show the most serious effects of considered assumptions of scenario.

Actors in the trial

The scenario will require a commitment of stakeholders (end-users) from every crisis management level (local, regional, national and international). Examples of such stakeholders are representatives of ministry of infrastructure, state fire service, crisis management experts, representatives of chemical and water sectors, representatives of non-government organisations (volunteers), representatives of decontamination institutes, and representatives of other institutions which are responsible for response during similar situations. Actions will be taken by these stakeholders in realistic information environment, based on currently available means for chosen country, crisis management plans, rescue procedures and good practices of participants.

Deadline is January 9th, 2018

This call is now closed, stay tuned for our next Call for applications !

How to participate?

1. Read the call for application.
2. Answer 10 questions about your solution carefully.
3. Submit your application.
4. Wait until January 31st 2018 for the review results.
5. Accepted submissions will be invited to a meeting taking place end of February 2018 in Warsaw, Poland.

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