Here were are! Today is the deadline for the 3,5-year long-period for the Member States of the European Union to deploy telephone-based public warning systems. However, public authorities should not limit themselves only to the legal mandate but rather make sure to get the best possible system to alert their population.
Mental health has moved from a taboo subject to an essential health service that must be seriously considered. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the mental health and wellbeing of people worldwide, which has led to increased levels of anxiety, depression disorders and concerns about suicide ideation.
As we accelerate into a digital-first future, there are some jobs that can never be replaced. Emergencies happen all the time and the first responders are crucial players in controlling the damage and saving lives. Ambulance workers, firefighters, police officers; all these workers are needed in extraordinary times. And they are people, the same as the ones they’re saving. So who is helping them?
by Markus Bornheim Access to emergency servicesEmergency call centre operationsEmergency call centre technology
Emergency calls and communication technology have a close connection to each other. However, the rapid technological change and its application in public networks and internal companies complicate routing emergency calls from companies to the most appropriate PSAP.
Research on public safety requires collaboration among academic, industry, and government professionals to develop pragmatic solutions to real-world problems and, at the same time, explore future problems to prepare how to solve them. This blog post introduces collaborative research on public safety performed by the ISCRAM community. It suggests opportunities for public-safety professionals who would like to participate and shape this research to address timely issues related to emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
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.