Invitation to participate on Wednesday 3rd November 2021

Webinar “Seismic Risk and Civil Protection in the Middle East and beyond”

Organized by the platform for knowledge partnership in the field of civil protection in the Middle East as part of the EU-funded project “HEUREKA”.


Wednesday 3rd November 2021


English Time: 11:00 am – 12:45 pm ET




All project partners, regional HEUREKA stakeholders & civil protection community

Online via Zoom:


All further information including the agenda can be found here

SecureGas Final Conference “The 3S Clustering Event”

The 3S Clustering Event (SATIE, SAFECARE, SecureGas):

is organized by the community of three H2020 Security R&D projects and takes place on Crete (Greece). The event is combined with SATIE´s Final Conference and SecureGas’s Final Conference.

Related Projects:

SATIE, SAFECARE and SecureGas are three EU funded projects, related to critical infrastructure protection, and more specifically cyber and physical security of airport, hospital and natural gas infrastructures. 

Date and time:

Tue, Oct 12, 2021, 9:00 AM – Wed, Oct 13, 2021, 3:00 PM EEST

Main Thematic Subjects :

  • Protection of Critical Infrastructure
  • Cyber and Digital Security
  • Cyber-physical Security
  • Risk Assessment

About the Conference:

The conference will showcase the key areas in cyber- and physical security which have been investigated by the three participating projects. The agenda addresses the following key processes preparedness/early warning, detection and mitigation/response, which are identified as the key ones for the protection of Critical Infrastructures in aviation, energy and healthcare industries. During this event you will have the opportunity to find out how three different projects (SATIE, SAFECARE and SecureGas) – which are in the forefront of research and innovation for protection of Critical Infrastructures – are addressing those issues.

Please Register: Here



Meet an expert: Prof. Dr. Alois Hirschmugl

Two months ago, Prepared International has started an interview series called “ Meet an Expert” where people from a global pool of disaster management experts share their knowledge in this field.


This week the expert guest is Prof. Dr. Alois Hirschmugl talking about “Civil Military coordination (CMCoord)” and the main challenges based on his experience.

To see the full interview please click here


SecureGas fourth Newsletter

The fourth issue of Horizon 2020 SecureGas Project is now available online.

In this issue you will read about the:

  • Project overview
  • Second SecureGas Stakeholder Workshop
  • Demonstration and validation activities in the SecureGas Business Cases.

All this and more you can find it online to read and to download. The link is below :

SecureGas Newsletter n.4 – July 2021


you can always follow SecureGas on it’s Social Media accounts:

Twitter:   @secure_gas
Linkedin: @SecureGas
Youtube:  SecureGas H2020 Project

ResponSEE Table Top Exercise (TTX) 06-07.July.2021

The first Exercise of ResponSEE Project was successfully designed, planned and conducted to strengthen disaster preparedness in South East Europe. The two-days virtual Table Top Exercise (TTX) were held on the 6th and 7th of July using a contemporary co-working Platform to connect all the Participants to each other in spontaneous and fluid way.

The participants were 44 members from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro characterizing national and international authorities along with NGOs.

The exercise scenario on the first day was presented as a breaking News Video about the Earthquake in Bosnia and Herzegovina to start the day and get all participants to simulate the Exercises in real life. To see the full News Flash about the Earthquake for the exercise start, please click the link below.

(ResponSEE project is funded by the European Union)

The Table Top Exercise is completed with many lessons learned and we are looking forward to the upcoming two exercises:

  • Command Post Exercise (CPX) – November 2021
  • Full Scale Exercise (FSX) – April 2022

44 Participants were joining the first day of ResponSEE Project ( Table Top Exercise)

19-20 MAY 2021 | World Humanitarian Forum London Hybrid Event

Global Reset


World Humanitarian Forum London will analyse the future of humanitarianism, what the “Global Reset” will mean for humanitarian aid and international development and what exactly will a ‘Global Reset’ look like? WHF London will create a series of conversations across 2 days to interrogate global challenges and chart the practical steps required to create more resilient, equal societies and reimagine a world beyond the pandemic.

The conversations are co-located with the World Humanitarian Forum, Aid & Trade, International Disaster Management Exhibition & Emergency Show and delegates have access to all of these events without any further registration.


Prof. Dr. Alois Hirschmugl from D.M.A.T Consulting KG is one of the speakers among others on the first day of this event.

Prof. Dr. Alois says: After 2004 Tsunami in the Indian Ocean, nearly half of the 14 Billion US $ pledges in disaster funding involved programs implemented by NGOs.

For me it is essential to include NGO´s in disaster response and recovery for the sake of people suffering most after such events.”


At the beginning of the session, Dr. Alois briefly explained how “the cooperation between NGOs and the government for effective disaster response and recovery can be improved and the cooperation between the aid agencies and the local government” and then he addressed some important aspects such as:

  • how useful it is to have NGOs in disaster areas.
  • Will they help or hinder the operating system because they may not be well trained or equipped?

And much more valuable information. To see the full session, please click on the window below.

Co-located events 2021

World Humanitarian Forum London 2021

The World Humanitarian Forum is a global call for action and brings together prominent leaders from the public and private sectors, as well as international thought leaders and pioneers from global aid and international development communities to engage in inspirational, thought-provoking, and future-focused dialogues which aim to shape the future of humanitarian aid and international development to help improving the lives of millions in need. This is an international knowledge exchange at the intersection of government, aid, development, future and innovation.

The Covid-19 crisis brought the world to a sudden standstill. The economic impacts continue to look worse each day. Hard-won democratic rights and freedoms were already being challenged before the pandemic struck and are even more at risk now. The crisis has also exposed a lack of global cooperation and collective leadership.

The pandemic has radically altered much of our lives around the world in both the short and long term. It raised the stakes, accelerating the need for systemic change and radical yet realistic measures to recalibrate social values and provide more sustainable and equitable pathways for the future. The consequences that have unfolded serve as a reminder that efforts to reduce poverty, fight climate change and create an economy that works for all require bold change.

The world today has a unique opportunity to move from marginal changes to transformative re-development. Using decentralised models of growth, building on opportunities provided by digitalisation and artificial intelligence could ensure climate-friendly sustainable development with a more equitable distribution of wealth.


IDME 2021 – 19-20 May London

IDME is a major-scale exhibition that showcases special equipment, technologies and services for disaster prevention, response, recovery, and resilience.

  • Meet with leading decision-makers in the sector and global procurement and government buyer groups.
  • Network with authorities such as government leaders, major NGOs, INGOs, and global policymakers.
  • Share our venue floor with innovative suppliers of specialist products and services and explore the latest trends.


Aid&Trade 2021 – 19-20 May London

Aid&Trade features panel discussions, tech demos, conferences and workshops with an exhibition aimed at showcasing the latest humanitarian aid products and services. It brings together NGOs, procurement officials as well as the private and public sector and anyone interested in the future of aid.

Aid&Trade London, now in its 5th year, is the fastest-growing humanitarian event of its kind. It brings together major stakeholders working across the Global Aid and the International Development Industry.


Emergency Show 2021 – 19-20 May London

A unique and international platform for the world’s emergency services community and the blue light sector.

Emergency Show, now in its 3rd year, is London’s annual trade exhibition for the Blue Light Sector. It brings together the most influential decision-makers and all those dealing with emergency response globally, including:

  • Government Departments
  • Ministries of Health
  • Ministries of Internal Affairs
  • Police Departments
  • Fire Brigades
  • NGOs, INGOs,
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Leads


Get in touch

LinkedIn – @World Humanitarian Forum

@International Disaster Management Exhibition

@Emergency Show



SecureGas “Extended Components” Part 7

SecureGas EUproject explains their “Extended Components”

they are products and technologies brought into the project by qualified partners.
One weekly video to present and explain in detail:

  • description
  • objectives
  • use in the project of all SecureGas extended components

In this video RINA speaks about: “Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) for monitoring of leakages and third party intrusion in Oil & Gas pipelines”



Network partnerships









Civil Protection Knowledge Partnership Platform Middle East

Project’s Logo


Project start:



18 months


Federal Government of Styria, (AUSTRIA)

Consortium/Project’s Partners:

  • Disaster Competence Network Austria, DCNA (AUSTRIA)
  • Cyprus Civil Defence, CCD (Cyprus)
  • European University Cyprus, EUC (Cyprus)
  • Lebanon Reforestation Initiative, LRI (Lebanon)
  • Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction Center, Al-Anjah National
    University, Nablus, ANNU (Palestine)

supporting Experts as Subcontractors of the coordinator

  • Resilience Solutions International (AUSTRIA)
  • D.M.A.T. Consulting KG/(AUSTRIA)
  • Prepared International (GERMANY)


The risk landscape for Europe and its neighbors has been subject to significant changes over the recent years. Europe and its neighbors face a wide range of disaster risks, many of which become progressively more prevalent and urgent to tackle. These risks turn more and more often to disasters such as wildfires, floods, earthquakes, storms, heat waves, large-scale medical emergencies and technological accidents that affect increasingly higher numbers of people, infrastructure, properties, cultural heritage and the environment. Climate change further exacerbates the risks and increases the exposure to and the vulnerability of people and assets to damage. At the time of drafting this Call, the pandemic caused by the COVID19 virus is showing our vulnerabilities drastically.
The majority of disaster risks are cross-border that threaten entire regions and can affect multiple countries simultaneously. In a world that becomes increasingly interconnected risks also tend to become cross-sectoral touching upon various thematic disciplines at once.

Union Civil Protection Mechanism Knowledge Network:

The UCPM Knowledge Network[1]  was established through the revised Union Civil Protection
Mechanism legislation and it is foreseen as a platform for better data collection, increased flow of information, innovation, improved sharing of knowledge, expertise and skills and consolidated scientific evidence through cooperation, partnership and networking.
Vision: strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of the collective civil protection and disaster management efforts in all phases of the disaster cycle.
Mission: bringing together civil protection and disaster management actors and institutions to improve the overall knowledge situation and foster the disasters.



The Civil Protection Knowledge Partnership Platform Middle East will bridge across knowledge holders relevant to disaster management actors, to enhance coordination, cooperation, compatibility and complementarity between capacities and will improve the competence of experts. Key objective will be to facilitate the cooperation between civil protection actors and humanitarian aid providers. For this, the example of the International Humanitarian Partnership will be studied and long-term relation established. The project will collect and share knowledge, experience, expertise, skills, competence, lessons learnt, and best practices in close cooperation with civil protection and disaster management authorities as well as knowledge holders from the public and private sector, to stimulate research and innovation and a shared understanding of prevention, preparedness and response.

The specific objective of the project is to support new and consolidate existing partnerships in civil protection and disaster risk management in the Middle East that enhance cooperation and synergies in prevention, preparedness and response. Disaster Risk Management actors of the Middle East will be connected with their counterparts inside the European Union. In addition, the cooperation between civil protection and the humanitarian community will be strengthened following the role-model of the International Humanitarian Partnership.
The Civil Protection Knowledge Partnership Platform Middle East will consider scenario-based approaches, whereby civil protection and disaster risk management actors come together and team up to exchange good practices, knowledge and expertise under specific disaster risk scenarios.


ResponSEE (UCPM-2020-EX-AG)

Union Civil Protection Mechanism Exercises (UCPM-2020-EX-AG)






Project title: ResponSEE 

Planning, development and conduct of a Union Civil Protection Exercise project to improve the response to an earthquake in South East Europe


Project’s Logo


Project start:



18 months


Federal Government of Styria, Civil protection department (AUSTRIA)

Consortium/project’s Partners

  • Ministry of Security (BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA)
  • Ministry of Internal affairs through Department of Emergency Situation (ROMANIA)
  • Reliefgoods GmbH (AUSTRIA)

supported experts as subcontractors to the coordinator:

  • Resilience Solutions International (AUSTRIA)
  • D.M.A.T. Consulting KG/(AUSTRIA)
  • Prepared International (GERMANY)



The countries of the South East Europe (SEE) have a long history of devastating earthquakes that have incurred significant economic and human losses and influenced the development efforts of the countries. Particularly sensitive and earthquake-prone territories are located within ALB, BiH and MNE.



Aim of this project is to strengthen disaster preparedness in the Western Balkans (WB) by increasing interoperability, enabling and supporting cooperation for international disaster response to bring ALB and BiH closer to the UCPM. This will be ensured by an in-depth analysis of the CP situation and exercise capacities of ALB, BiH and MNE, joint exercise planning, development of an exercise planning guide and creating a joint testbed by executing a TTX, CPX and FSX.


The consortium will:

  1. assess the CP situation and training capacities in the mentioned countries
  2. draft a guide for preparation and conduct of exercises
  3. hold joint planning conferences
  4. implement a Tabletop Exercise (TTX)
  5. conduct a Command Post Exercise (CPX)
  6. perform a Joint FSX
  7. provide an Evaluation including a Lessons Learned process and recommendations for national CP plans
  8. finalise exercise planning guide

The project is designed to achieve an overall strengthening of disaster preparedness in the WB while increasing interoperability and HNS measures for regional and international disaster response as well as conduct capacity building by training and exercising.


Project objectives are:

  • Analyse the CP situation in ALB, BiH and MNE;
  • Conduct joint exercise planning;
  • Prepare and conduct one joint TTX, CPX, and FSX;
  • Conduct evaluation and conclude with a lessons learned procedure and recommend a way ahead for the region;
  • Develop an exercise planning guide;

The overall expected result is to enable the response to a large-scale disaster in the region by creating interoperability between all involved actors, and enable support to vulnerable groups; Prepare Main Event List (MEL) and Main Inject List (MIL) for the exercises; A Lessons Learned event; Exercise planning guide; Inform the planned update of cooperation SOP between ERCC and UNDAC system.







SecureGas “Extended Components” Part 6

The sixth Video of “SecureGas extended Components” is presented to you by and it is about:

“Cognitive framework for biometrics and video analytics”.


These components have been “extended” – that is improved and integrated – to meet the needs of end users, addressing and solving the proposed business cases scenarios, adopting the most innovative technological solutions, without forgetting cost control and an easy and scalable deployment.


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