On September 29th and 30th, the HCFDC (the French High Committee for Civil Defense) organized a training exercise simulating a major flood in Paris using MASA SWORD. Over 15 organizations and companies participated, each in their own crisis unit, in order to test their emergency response to a once-in-a-century flood in Paris.
Two weeks of almost unprecedented flooding were simulated over 22 hours. All participants were connected to a shared bulletin board that displayed their actions in response to the crisis in real time. They also benefited from a 3D-view of Paris, using a connection between SWORD and Google Earth
The European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction is intended to serve as the forum for exchanging information and knowledge, coordinating efforts throughout the Europe region and for providing advocacy for effective action to reduce disasters. Moreover, it shall be devoted to contemporary issues of importance needed to promote a good political climate for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: 2015-2030.
Organized in collaboration with the Council of Europe, the European Commission and UNISDR Europe, the 6th annual meeting will be held in October 7th – 9th in Paris. Hans Ten Bergen from MASA will give a conference on the « Private Sector and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction » on October 7th.
The NATO Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE) organized its third annual Interagency Interaction Seminar in Sofia (Bulgaria) on June 8th-9th, 2015. The CMDR Interagency Interaction Seminar is an annual event which gathers subject matter experts, researchers and educators, planners and developers, consultants and various actors working in the crisis management and disaster response domain in order to promote a lively debate on these issues. This year, more than 90 representatives of a total of 19 NATO and PfP nations took part in the annual seminar.
There, MASA held a conference on the following subject: « How can Artificial Intelligence help to reduce the impact of disasters? ». Both the propagation of the disaster, the impact that it has on people and infrastructure AND the execution of high level orders by the subordinate levels are replaced by Artificial Intelligence.
This represents not only a tremendous cost saving, but will above all allow senior crisis management members to prepare for a crisis situation in a situation that is accurately mirroring the real crisis situation.