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You don’t need to be a technical expert to understand emergency response. Our blog explains trends & gives insights on all things public safety, from the latest innovations to the key issues affecting citizens & emergency professionals.
When the Beirut Explosion shook Lebanon in August 2020, an ammonium stockpile totaling over 2,000 tones blew up. Damage to buildings occurred as far as 5 kilometers away. More than 200 people lost their lives, and a further 300,000 people were displaced. The scale of the damage was so extreme almost no one knew where to begin. International efforts started immediately, with humanitarian aid ranging from medical support to clearing debris. One thing became overwhelmingly clear: the damage was immense. One organisation, wanted to measure the damage and provide that data to any group helping the recovery efforts that needed it. The mission was simple: do damage assessment and create an open-access resource. The next question was how.
When a disaster strikes, it is important for society to be able to resist, adapt, transform, and recover from the hazard in an efficient and quick manner. But how can we build societal resilience for a safer world?
Marta Azevedo Silva, our Communication & Press Manager, had a conversation with Rut Erdelyi, European Director of The Resilience Advisors Network to talk about embracing change, building capacity and innovative ideas to address threats and understand how we can strengthen community resilience in disasters and emergencies.
The modernisation of emergency communications requires a perfect balance of technology and human empathy. As underlined by the Next Generation 112 premises, more and more citizens expect to be supported by the emergency services through easy procedures and familiar tools.
Video calls and eye-on-scene technologies have already begun to build this reality, as evidenced by the stories of Patrick, a 2-year-old boy saved from choking, and of Alex, born thanks to remote support via video call.
Every year, over 300,000 people suffer from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in Europe. Only 8–10% survive.  Increasing survival in OHCA is actually not rocket science. Scientists and medical experts all agree that early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) save lives and if used within the first 3–5 minutes survival could double!
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- Access to emergency services
- Artificial intelligence
- Caller location
- Disaster management
- Emergency call centre operations
- Emergency call centre technology
- Emergency professionals
- Next generation comms
- On-scene operations
- On-scene technology
- Social media
- Well-being and mental health