Evacuation Responsiveness by Government Organisations (ERGO): A Preparedness Toolkit for Europe

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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.

We will be looking at activities throughout the stages of mass evacuation: planning (before the incident), execution (during the incident, including evacuation, temporary shelter provision, food and supplies availability), and after the incident (recovery, returning people).

This three year project is funded by the European Commission under the Directorate-General Justice Freedom and Security (JLS/2007/CIPS/025).

For more details please contact:

Dr. Pavel Albores

Aston Business School, Aston Triangle, Birmingham , B4 7ET, UK.


Sponsored by the European Commission