Objectives.

The main objective of MONITOR II is to improve the provision of information for disaster management. This integrates the communication between hazard experts, decision makers and civil protection services with improved flow of information. By means of this improved situation, the following goals are supported:

 

Legal and organisational aspects:

to minimize identified disparities in the SEES region regarding the degree of coverage with hazard plans and contingency plans according to assessed priorities.

 

Technological aspects:

to develop tools and procedures to integrate different sources of information, from (real-time) monitoring systems, records of past events, hazard analysis and expert knowledge on hazard processes:

  • to improve the availability and effectiveness of contingency plans and hazard maps with respect to natural hazards;
  • to advance reliability of information by the dynamisation of contingency plans (culminating in real-time information) and automation of updating procedures.
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    Participatory aspect:

    to analyse user-group specific requirements for communication of hazard and contingency plans, to develop training material and ways of promoting their use and to apply findings transnationally in the relevant institutions:

  • to improve accessibility of information, e.g. on individual risk exposure, and to provide self-help concepts, e.g. on how to act in case of emergency and share information in a way interpretable by all recipients;
  • to enhance the situation awareness of all project stakeholders by optimised provision of information in the disaster management phases “preparation”, “response”, and “relief”.
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    The issues and instruments MONITOR II will mainly deal with hazard maps, contingency plans and risk analyses for optimisation of disaster management. By effectively linking risk assessment and mapping, the early warning chain and decision making, MONITOR II improves the usability and communication of contingency plans and hazard maps.