On Friday, November 25th, members of the principal emergency response agencies and the voluntary services will participate in an exercise to test a decision support system designed to reduce the impact of large-scale disasters on public health. The event will take place in the Local Coordination Centre at the headquarters of Cork City Fire Brigade.
The online system has been developed by S-HELP (Securing Health, Emergency, Learning and Planning), a €3.5 million EU-funded research and development project led by University College Cork. It is a joint venture between nine organisations from across Europe, including four Irish partners – Dublin urban planning consultancy Future Analytics Consulting, UCC Business Information Systems, the HSE, and the ASSERT Centre, UCC.
Speaking about Friday’s exercise, Dr Karen Neville, S-HELP coordinator said ‘This simulated emergency scenario will involve extreme rainfall in several locations in the South West region, rising tides, tide-locking in estuaries and tidal reaches, and surface water flooding of rural areas, towns and urban locations.’
S-HELP is a three-year project that concludes in January 2017. It is a joint venture between nine organisations from across Europe, including four Irish partners – Future Analytics Consulting Ltd; UCC-BIS; the HSE; and the ASSERT Centre, UCC.
This is the last of three evaluation exercises conducted for the project. Last month, a simulated chemical explosion scenario was held in Dublin, and a pandemic exercise took place in Tel Aviv, Israel in September.