Trial – Austria

9th – 15th September 2019, Eisenerz (Styria)

DRIVER+ Trial Austria is being organised by the Austrian Red Cross (ARC) together with the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT).

It will be conducted as a multi-day field exercise under the framework (and in parallel) of a Large Scale European Civil Protection exercise in Eisenerz, Austria.

The Scenario: A heavy earthquake in the local region of Eisenerz

The central area of Austria has been struck by a heavy earthquake and subsequent heavy rains.

The local region of Eisenerz (in Styria, Austria) is one of the most affected with missing persons, casualties, collapsed buildings, blocked roads, and endangered industries working with hazardous substances.

Inhabitants have left their houses being afraid of aftershocks and collapsing of buildings. They have to spend the next days outdoors due to the lack of temporary shelter and blocked roads.

Similarly, there is a disruption of lifelines such as water, food, shelter, transportation and medical care. Electricity and mobile networks are severely damaged.

All local and national emergency response organizations have been deployed on site (Austrian Red Cross, fire brigades, police and the army); however, due to the extension of the affected area and overwhelmed national response capacities, the union civil protection mechanism was activated. A request of international assistants was activated with regards to medical treatment, water purification as well as search and rescue.

Due to the difficulty to access the affected area and considering the impact of the disaster, there is an urgent need for humanitarian assistance and assessment.

A large amount of volunteers and rescue equipment is needed to deal with the increasing number of affected people i.e. search and rescue, shelter, medical care, water food and transportation.

Additionally, there is also an urgent need for the management of spontaneous volunteers.

The Actors Involved

The scenario will require a commitment of stakeholders from different crisis management levels and from all the agencies participating in the response:

  • Austrian Red Cross
  • Austrian Fire Brigades
  • Police
  • Army
  • Decision makers and authorities

Other emergency response organizations from neighbouring countries are expected to participate following the procedures from the union civil protection mechanism (UCPM). The exercise will also serve as testing environment for introduction and establishment of standard operating procedures (SOPs), standards and concepts, of the UCPM within central European region.

Actions will be taken by the stakeholders in a realistic information environment, based on currently available means, crisis management plans, rescue procedures and good practices of participants

Main issues

 

For main issues to which Solutions will contribute are Solutions addressing one or more of the following capability needs.

Real-time data and information fusion to support incident commander decision-making

ability to merge and synthesise disparate data sources and models in real time (e.g. visualisation of resources, spreading models, tactical situation, critical assets map, damaged objects/infrastructure etc.) to support incident commander decision making and exchanging crisis-related information among agencies.

Volunteer Management

in the sense of management of spontaneous as well as affiliated volunteers on the crises scene in terms of location, tasking, capabilities and duration of operation

Incorporating information from multiple and non-traditional sources

Reporting of dangerous areas and situation overview from multiple and non-traditional sources (e.g. crowdsourcing and social media) into response operations.

Psychosocial support

Having the capability to measure stress and/or improving the communication and the awareness of psychological stress of those affected, especially spontaneous and affiliated volunteers.

Interaction with the population

as including e.g. 1). Micro-learning capabilities to communicate to the population safety information and recommendations what they can do during a crisis. 2). Registration of affected people. 3). Delivering information from the public to the emergency management authorities.vanced settings.

Evaluation

crisis management evaluation methodology/tools for performance assessment and how to learn from self-experience.

Testing the Following Solutions

Following a call for applications, the following 5 solutions have been selected to be tested during the Trial:

crowdTasker

enables crisis managers to instruct large numbers of non-institutional (either spontaneous or pre-registered) volunteers with customizable tasks, contextual information, warnings and alerts, as well as to crowdsource information from them.

Airborne & Terrestrial Situational Awareness

The solution is composed of several individual components and tools, providing aerial images and additional data, information layers relevant for crisis management and accurate situational awareness.

Psychological First Aid (PFA)

The scenario enabled PFA training provides knowledge on what PFA is, guidelines on how to perform PFA and an experiential training package to build the capacity of first responders and their leaders to deliver quality PFA.

VieWterra

forms a combined “GIS & Simulation” suite of products allowing Civil responders to rapidly build a virtual 4D representation of any potential Crisis area on Earth. These solutions provide a Common Operational Picture to both the Crisis Center and the rescue units out in the field.

ASIGN PRO – FROM ANSUR

The ASIGN PRO Apps / web solution from AnsuR is used by UN and reduces disaster response time by better situational understanding with high precision Mission Critical geo-spatial Photo and Video Communication  with very low capacity needs. ASIGN PRO also support tracking, geo-zones, assessment templates, UAV operations and also supports mobile satellite communication when needed

Trial Austria and Ironore2019

Trial Austria is designed in close synergy with the European Civil Protection Exercise IRONORE2019 which is running from 12 September 2019 to 15 September 2019 in Eisenerz, Austria.

IRONORE2019 will have practitioners from several European countries that will come to Austria to train and improve their earthquake-related response capacities and procedures while establishing a common understanding of the cooperation in civil protection assistance. More than 1000 participants are expected to join IRONORE2019 which is now in its phase of designing realistic scenarios in an alpine region and involving all stakeholders of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism; starting from the local response until the request of assistance via the Austrian Ministry of Interior.

And is specifically in those realistic scenarios where the DRIVER+ project will be able to test a number of solutions that were selected considering their added value in regards to the management of volunteers. Since IRONORE2019 was presented this January at the European Commission, DRIVER+ has started a number of joint activities between the two projects in order to prepare, coordinate and execute better Trial Austria.

More information about Ironore2019 can be obtained here.

Do you want to know more about DRIVER+ Trials?

Take a look to our catalogue describing our activities around the Trial ! You will find information on the DRIVER+ Test-bed and Guidance Methodology to organise Trials, the DRIVER+ Portfolio of Solutions but also specific information about the first and second Trials and a detailed description of the solutions tested.

Stay Tuned for more information ABOUT THIS TRIAL !