CRISIS Centre hosts Masterclasses

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During February and March Aston CRISIS Centre held two Masterclass events for professionals involved in emergency management. The meetings provided an opportunity to share information about dealing with a wide variety of different disasters and emergency situations across Europe. ERGO researchers held facilitated sessions in each Masterclass to discuss issues surrounding evacuating hard to reach and vulnerable communities, and strategies for evacuating pets from disaster zones. Individual presentations included topic ranging from planning services for a religious pilgrimage held in a remote region to preparing people to evacuate a city following major flooding. A full list of speakers and subjects follows below.

A podcast from Masterclass 1 can be found here.


Masterclass 1


Session 1

Sveinn Kristján Rúnarsson Lögreglan Hvolsvelli, Member of Civil Defense Committee in Rangarvalla- and V-Skaftafellsdistrict, Iceland

Topic: Katla a sub glacier volcano: The threat and a public preparedness study.

Rosanna Briggs, Deputy County Emergency Planning Officer Essex County Council, UK

Topic: Developing Community Resilience in schools by raising awareness of emergency situations with children through education and interactive methods within a non-threatening environment.

Alvaro Pemartin, Medical Coordinator of Public Utility for Healthcare Emergencies, Spain

Topic: Preparation for mass movement of people/medical support for mass pilgrimage.

Session 2

Bas Kolen, HKV, The Netherlands

Topic: A view from The Netherlands on the public’s risk perception of crises and exploring the willingness of the public be self-reliant during a crisis and their willingness to conduct advanced preparation.

Dave Granville, South Wales Police, UK

Topic: EVAC Cardiff – The multi agency approach to warning and informing the public.

Martin Tolman, Emergency Planning and Business Continuity, Birmingham City Council, UK

Topic: Mass evacuation - The relationship between command and control and community self-reliance.


Masterclass 2


Session 1

Koen De Budt, Attache, Crisis Center of the Belgian Government. Hans De Neef, Co-ordinator Nuclear Emergency Plan, Crisis Center of the Belgian Govt. Elke Allaert, Emergency Planning at The Federal Services of the Governor of East-Flanders. Yves D'Eer, Emergency Planning, Community of Beveren, Belgium.

Topic: The Belgian nuclear emergency plan. The Province of East-Flanders and the community of Beveren is used as a case study for preparations they are making for a major evacuation exercise to be held in April 2010.

Guðrún Jóhannesdóttir, The National Commissioner Of The Icelandic Police, Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, Iceland

Topic: Public Preparedness and Inter-Agency Collaboration.

Matthijs Kok, HKV, The Netherlands

Topic: National planning for evacuation in The Netherlands, in particular our experiences of the Waterproef and Floodex exercises which conducted trial evacuations.

Session 2

Anne Flonneau, Programme Manager, European Commission, DG Justice, Freedom, Security

Topic: How to prepare a grant application for the EU Programme on Prevention, Preparedness and Consequence Management of Terrorism and other Security related risks.

Jesper Nielson, UMS Denmark

Topic: A system to alert the population using mobile phones.

David Powell, Head of Emergency Planning, Lincolnshire County Council Andy Baxendale, Northern Area Manager, Environment Agency

Topic: Meeting the challenges of coastal inundation in Lincolnshire: Mass evacuation and invacuation.

Julie Clemant, Oost-Flanders, Belgium

Topic: An experience on public informing when finding the WW2 bomb in Evergem-Oost-Vlaanderen.

Simon Lewis, Head of Emergency Preparedness, The Metropolitan Police, London.

Topic: Inter-agency cooperation: Insights from the UK.