At present, the wide range of sectors, disciplines and actors involved in disaster risk management are not sufficiently interlinked, which prevents efficient response planning and the building of realistic multidisciplinary scenarios. Integrated tools need to be developed to support such actions. Stronger partnerships among research, policy, (research or monitoring) institutes, industry/SMEs communities and practitioners, in particular first responders, are required for better preparedness of societies to cope with complex crisis situations.
Disaster risks (natural, accidental, or intentional) should be addressed in the context of:
Response to emergency situations resulting from the materialisation of such risks requires inter-organisational coordination among many actors, and efficient coordination requires improved response planning and scenario building. This can only be achieved through the integration of support tools that can be used operationally by a large variety of decision-makers, back-office experts, and first responders. Such tools can build upon previous and ongoing FP7 projects and preliminary results from H2020 actions to avoid duplication, and should be demonstrated in representative and realistic environments and situations involving firefighting units, medical emergency services, police departments, and civil protection units.
The participation of SMEs is strongly encouraged.
In line with the EU's strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation[[Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change COM(2012)497]] international cooperation is encouraged, and in particular with international research partners involved in ongoing discussions and workshops, with the European Commission. Legal entities established in countries not listed in General Annex A and international organisations will be eligible for funding only when the Commission deems participation of the entity essential for carrying out the action.
The outcome of the proposal is expected to lead to development up to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7 or 8; please see part G of the General Annexes.
Indicative budget: The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of € 8million would allow for this topic to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.