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The University has been consulted by organisations across the globe dealing with some of the worst natural and man-made disasters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

It is unique in providing civil resilience training, planning, consultancy and post-event analysis, underpinned by ground-breaking research, world-leading academic practitioners and highly sophisticated computer models.

Population Resilience through Emergency Planning, Analysis, Recovery and Education - The Centre for Infrastructure Resilience

>The University of Greenwich is a recognised global centre of excellence in civil resilience with a 28 year heritage and world-leading researchers and practitioners. It has several hundred publications, the largest number of civil resilience research staff in the UK, a high profile through global press and TV coverage, and a strong track record of collaborations with industry and governments. It has been consulted by organisations across the globe dealing with some of the worst natural and man-made disasters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It is unique in providing civil resilience training, planning, consultancy and post-event analysis, underpinned by ground-breaking research, world-leading academic practitioners and highly sophisticated computer models that:

  • Immerse the people who oversee the immediate response to disasters in fast-moving, unpredictable and highly stressful virtual environments to help them plan and prepare.
  • Make complex computational fluid dynamics techniques available in an easy to use Fire Field Modelling application for people who engineer fire safety into a range of spaces, also applicable to other materials such as gas.
  • Allow safety engineers to test pedestrian evacuation designs quickly and easily without the expense and difficulty of human evacuation tests, also applicable to modelling other autonomous entities such as vehicle drivers.

Population Resilience – surviving the worst!

The focus of Population Resilience is on ensuring awareness and preparedness in the general population to cope with both natural and man-made emergency situations. This also requires explicit, well-founded infrastructure resilience planning, community safety plans and protocols, evacuation models, routes and signage, emergency food and shelter provision, transport management, and timeous, detailed information management.

PREPARE has undertaken research and developed software tools, protocols and guidance for all aspects of Population Resilience.

Emergency Planning – ready to act!

Resilience planning takes place everywhere, particularly in planning for business and service resilience in the event of changes of conditions in marketplaces, social need, health profiles, etc. Obviously all such resilience planning enables individual organisations to work out how to continue their operations when a problem arises. When that problem is a wider emergency situation, the key aspects of Emergency Planning are the multi-agency response by emergency services, the interaction with businesses and services and their plans, and with the general public and their plans. In the UK, Emergency Planning takes place at 4 levels:

Gold Commanders – work out strategic plans for resource collaboration and deployment between agencies to address impact of events

Silver Commanders - develop tactical plans for resource management within agencies, supporting the agreed strategy

Bronze Commanders – develop operational plans to manage resources on the ground for different types of event, and in collaboration with other agencies

First Responders – take responsibility for roles assigned within the plans, based on their training and technical capabilities, operating within a command structure and in collaboration with first responders from other agencies

PREPARE's software tools and training environments help organisations and individuals to develop effective Emergency Planning at all levels.

Emergency Analysis – staying ahead of the events

Once an event is under way, the various levels of command need accurate and timely information on the progress of the event, the impact of their plans, levels of resource, and good projections of the likely progress of the event. Situation reporting from the ground, through command and control centres, can provide information on the current situation and the impact of interventions, while agencies can report on resource deployment, usage and availability. Data from sensor networks, satellite technology, CCTV facilities, and deployed data and image capture facilities can also be utilised to support real-time analysis of the progress of the event.

PREPARE offers modelling tools that can track the progress of events and predict spread, and information management capability to support real-time analysis for reactive planning.

Recovery – getting back to normal!

PREPARE's planning tools and training environments can help in the planning and monitoring of Recovery activities, however long they take.

Education – knowing what to do, how and when to do it!

Education about emergency events needs to take place at all levels in society, and in the professional services, to minimise the damage and impact of these events, and ensure rapid recovery. The general public need to be educated on preparedness and response, from an early age, and encouraged to establish community actions and plans to deal with emergency events. Professional services personnel need to be educated and trained in protocols, procedures, actions and planning, ranging from physical equipment handling through to strategic planning, dependent on organisational level and responsibilities. Greater awareness of these issues throughout society will result in a demand for easier access to detailed and accurate information, which will in turn highlight any deficiencies in the planning processes.

PREPARE can offer education and training programmes and activities, ranging from field simulation events, online planning facilities, public information services and software training, through to full-scale degree studies.

Prepare is part of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Greenwich.