Main Planning Conference in Cyprus

Between 2nd and 3rd November our consortium, consisting of European University of Cyprus, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Civil Defense of Cyprus, Johanniter/Germany, Prepared International/Germany, Resilience Solutions International/Austria and D.M.A.T. Consulting KG/Austria conducted the Main Planning Conference for the PDEX JIP exercise in 2023

The three authorities – Jordan, Israel and Palestine (JIP) – which are part of the Professional Dialogue of UN OCHA, which was created in 2012, agreed on drafted “Guiding Principles for Standard Procedures in Disaster Situations”. These specific and historically important guidelines will now be tested in a Table Top exercise in January 2023 as well as a Full Scale Exercise of the European Union in March 2023.

The overall aim is to strengthen disaster preparedness in the JIP region, increase interoperability, enable Host Nation Support (HNS) and cooperation for international disaster response. This will be achieved by supporting the JIP region in analysing their Civil Protection situation, prepare a specific regional, cross border Standard Operating Procedures(SOP) for closer, more operational cooperation in case of a complex emergency, train all parties in HNS, test respective measures during an FSX and evaluate and analyse future steps and recommendations for implementation of the results into their national disaster response plans.

It will be the first time that all three authorities will cooperate in such a disaster management operation to test their possible cooperation.

International-European PlugIn Exercise 2022 INT-EU PIX 22

Project’s name:

International-European PlugIn Exercise 2022

Project start:


Project duration:

24 Months
(in case of COVID-19 related delays – 36 Months)

the Project Coordinator:

the European University of Cyprus (EUC/CYP)

the Project Partners:

  1. Norwegian Directorate of Civil Protection (DSB/NOR),
  2. Resilience Solutions International (RSI/AUT),
  3. Prepared International UG (PPI/GER)
  4. D.M.A.T. Consulting KG (DMAT/AUT).

The Project tasks:

The task of the consortium is to implement a UCPM (EU Civil Protection Mechanism) support module in a planned large-scale exercise for disaster management.
In this project, a 3-day (24/7) plug-in exercise (PIX) is designed, planned, implemented and evaluated outside of Europe in a country with different emergency management structures (e.g. other structures, response mechanisms, culture and climate conditions).

Based on the European Commission’s final decision, the PIX will take place either in South Asia/Nepal involving Asian Disaster Preparedness Center/ADPC, or West Africa/Ghana or Cabo Verde involving Economic Community of West African States / ECOWAS, or East Africa /Djibouti involving Intergovernmental Authority on Development / IGAD.

The background of the plug-in exercise:

The UCPM is often activated for dealing with emergencies outside the European Union. Most of the UCPM exercises conducted to reflect this often use fictitious scenarios and artificial countries to simulate the response environment. Although these exercises are needed, they do not necessarily provide the true nature of real deployments. At the same time, disaster management exercises outside Europe take place worldwide every year. This could allow for opportunities to join, i.e. plug-in to, planned large-scale exercises involving a multi-organisation response by providing an EUCPT, modules and/or other response capacities.

The overall objective of the Mechanism is to strengthen the cooperation among Member States in the field of civil protection for preventing, preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters. Any country in the world overwhelmed by a disaster can call on the Mechanism for support. By pooling the civil protection capabilities of the Member States, the Mechanism can ensure better protection primarily of people, but also of the natural and cultural environment and of property.

The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) is the operational heart of the Mechanism. It is operated by DG ECHO and is operational 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

The project objectives:

  1. test and improve the coordination of the UCPM response assistance, and ultimately to establish a common understanding in major emergencies.
  2. improve interoperability, coordination, communication, reporting and logistical arrangements in civil protection assistance with the different response capacities, national authorities, local emergency management authorities, humanitarian actors and other agencies with a role in emergency response.
  3. improve the field cooperation between EUCPT and UNDAC.
  4. enhance the cooperation with the EU Delegation(s), DG ECHO Field Office and EU Member States embassies in the region or country affected.
  5. develop and implement a safety and security plan for an emergency response outside EU.
  6. strengthen the understanding of Host Nation Support and introduce the EU HNS guidelines


Project’s Titel:

Professional Dialogue Exercises – Jordan Israel Palestine

Project start:


Project duration:

18 months


European University Cyprus (EUC)

Project’s Partners

  1. D.M.A.T. Consulting KG (DMAT)
  2. Prepared International (PPI)
  3. Resilience Solutions International (RSI)
  4. Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. (JUH)
  5. Ministry of Interior Cyprus (CCD)
  6. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cyprus (MFA)

Project’s background

The project team for this exercise was requested by the three parties: Jordan, Israel, and Palestine (JIP). Parts of the team have a long-standing background with the Professional Dialogue project.

Mr. Beck was the founder and long-term project manager and mediator of the Professional Dialogue and, currently acting as a reference person for the countries. Mr. Hirschmugl & Mr. Beck were also involved in the UNDAC Disaster Response Preparedness mission to Palestine in 2014. This exercise project has been prepared from the JIP meeting 2019 in Austria onwards where DMAT Consulting KG (DMAT) and Prepared International (PPI) presented the lessons from all previous exercises that have taken place in the region.

The Jordanian, Israeli, and Palestinian emergency management frameworks provide a unique environment for disaster preparedness work. The range of risks and vulnerabilities coupled with the existing framework for response have the potential to cause the entire region to suffer severe impacts in case of a major disaster, such as a strong earthquake.

The project is designed to achieve overall strengthening of disaster preparedness in the JIP region while increasing interoperability and HNS measures for international and regional disaster response.

Aim of the Project

to improve civil protection (CP) preparedness and response inside and outside the Member States of the Mechanism by providing a testing environment and a learning opportunity for all actors involved in CP interventions.

The consortium will:

  1. produce an assessment of the CP situation,
  2. draft joint Standing Operating Procedures on parties’ request (SOPs),
  3. hold joint planning conferences,
  4. implement a Table-Top Exercise (TTX) training Host Nation Support (HNS) in a specific environment,
  5. perform a Joint Full-Scale Exercise (FSX),
  6. provide an Evaluation that includes a Lessons Learned (LL) process and recommendations for the Way ahead,
  7. provide the sub-region with HNS-guidelines considering the specific response environment.

Project’s Objectives:

  1. analyse the CP situation in the JIP region,
  2. conduct joint planning with JIP partners,
  3. develop a joint SOP for international disaster response,
  4. prepare and conduct one HNS TTX,
  5. prepare and conduct one joint FSX,
  6. conduct an evaluation of the current situation in the region
  7. conclude with a LL procedure and recommend a way ahead for the JIP region


The Project’s Exercises:

PDEX-JIP – Tabletop Exercise (TTX)

The aim of the TTX is to conduct a discussion-based exercise, in which the planned FSX scenario will be simulated and discussed. All relevant existing plans, documents, maps, guidelines etc. can be used and discussed, possible problems and connected solutions identified and at the end the ground for an efficient simulated FSX should be set.

Objectives of this exercise:

  1. Discuss the possible FSX scenario – Earthquake and cascading effects, including outbreak of a pandemic and lock down during the exercise
  2. Discuss the activation of the EUCPM (Alert, requesting and offering relief teams and relief goods)
  3. Discuss EU HNS Guidelines – procedures of sending states, transiting states and hosting/receiving states – what changes in a pandemic environment – for the guidelines. Discuss and confirm the SOPs developed by the project.
  4. Discuss cooperation with Local Emergency Management Agency/LEMA, EU Delegation on site, UN OCHA ERCC and EU ERCC, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDAC, etc.
  5. Discuss involvement and cooperation of UNHAS/WFP,
  6. Discuss activation and support by Copernicus and UNITAR/UNOSAT
  7. Strategize on supporting most vulnerable groups
  8. Identification of cascading effects and particularities in urban areas
  9. Discuss involvement of modules, ECPP and RescEU in such a disaster
  10. Discuss an exit strategy and hand over / Take over procedures for mission end
  11. Discuss trilateral cooperation of JIP


Joint Full-Scale Exercise (FSX)

Aim of this exercise: to conduct an operations-based exercise with deployment and field response to JIP as the affected countries. The scenario is the further developed TTX scenario with all recommendations included. All existing procedures due to a real mission situation will be tested in the field with involvement of a variety of organisations and agencies which one will meet in the field. All real mission activities of UCP will be included in a 12 hrs -per day exercise (minimum 36 hours’ total time) under stressful conditions and time pressure.

Objectives of this exercise:

  1. Exercise a possible FSX scenario – Earthquake and cascading effects, including outbreak of a pandemic and lock down in the field and test specific SOPs for support between JIP entities, specific focus on most vulnerable groups
  2. Activate the EUCPM (Alert, requesting and offering relief teams and relief goods) and deploy an EUCPT on site
  3. Deploy teams from the neighbourhood to support in the first hours after the event
  4. Deploy an EUCPT, TAST, EU modules, teams from ECCP or RescEU (3-4 Skeleton teams or other capacities) to JIP
  5. Test all relevant procedures like the EU HNS Guidelines – information sharing procedures, procedures for assessments and coordination, meetings, incoming relief goods etc.
  6. Experience the cooperation with LEMA, EU Delegation on site, UN OCHA ERCC and EU ERCC, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDAC, etc. in real
  7. Involve other relevant organisations like UNHAS/WFP,
  8. Experience activation and support by Copernicus and UNITAR/UNOSAT
  9. Prepare an exit strategy and hand over / Take over procedures for mission end
  10. Experience trilateral cooperation of JIP

SecureGas Project – H2020 FINAL VIDEO INTERVIEW

SecureGas has started on June 2019, 30 Months of dedication and hard work is now coming to an end.
SecureGas is a Research Project in the EU Framework Program H2020 for Research and Innovation, aiming to strengthen the security and resilience of the European Gas Network, by taking into account physical and cyber threats.
SecureGas Project – H2020 FINAL VIDEO INTERVIEW is now online!
This Video summarizes the whole project in 10 minutes mentioning the challenges faced during these three years of the project and the important results achieved with a final reflection on the future.

Please click below for more information about SecureGas Project

SecureGas Webpage
SecureGas Newsletter and Reports
SecureGas Information from the EU

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

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

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



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)

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”


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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