Governments across Europe are preparing their emergency services and civil contingency to respond to major catastrophic incidents. Mass evacuation is one aspect that governments have to plan for, coordinate and execute. Since the need for mass evacuation is rare and unexpected (in that advanced warning is restricted), operational preparedness often centres on building predictive models to evaluate the ability of different operational configurations to meet performance targets.
Also, the achievement of performance targets depends on the preparedness of the public to respond to calls for mass evacuation. Thus responsiveness depends on the accuracy and utility of the predictive models which influence decision makers’ operational commitments and the preparedness of the public to respond as required.
The objective of this project is to survey how EU countries prepare for mass evacuation. The aim is to broadly identify good practice and share this across Europe. The project examines:
- What analytical models are used to plan for mass evacuation;
- What policies and programmes are used to prepare the public to mass evacuate;
- How these models, policies and programmes are implemented in practice;
- How to better align these models and policies and programmes.
This three year project is funded by the European Commission under the Directorate-General for Justice Freedom and Security.
The Ergo project has an Advisory Board of senior practitioners from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. This Board meets twice per year to review progress and direct the focus of activity onto practically relevant issues in mass evacuation.
For more information contact: Prof. Duncan Shaw,
Aston Business School, Aston Triangle, Birmingham , B4 7ET, UK.