Some of the I-REACT Exercise Volunteers

The innovative emergency support services developed by the I-REACT, project have recently been tested in one of the largest civil protection  drills in Europe.

From 13th to 16th March, the PieMODEX 2018, drill was held, organized in the province of Alessandria, by the Piedmont Region (official partner of the international consortium called "EUROMODEX"). The I-REACT, system, the result of a project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme to improve territory resilience to extreme natural events through digital technologies, provided its IT support.

Approximately 150 professional operators from Spain, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Luxembourg and Finland were involved. The reference scenario imagined an extraordinary flood affecting the courses of the Po, Tanaro and Bormida rivers. Along the banks of the rivers search and rescue operations were carried out for people affected by the flood. More than 600 volunteers from the Civil Protection of Piedmont collaborated throughout the exercise 24/7.

The volunteers had at their disposal the I-REACT application. They were able to send reports containing photographs, measurements and geo-localized information on the state of the flood simulated during the exercise from their smartphone to the application. Thanks to the I-REACT system that processed the data, the operators of the control center received and visualized in real time information collected by the applications on site, as well as any useful information published on social media. The framework of the situation created has been useful to support the decisional process, reducing intervention time and making it possible to establish a channel of communication with citizens and volunteers.

It was the largest drill in Europe in terms of the number of people involved, and it was carried out in a realistic environment. This is an important result of the project, which was also disseminated to DG-ECHO, DG-HOME, ERCC.

It was the largest drill in Europe in terms of the number of people involved, and it was carried out in a realistic environment. This is an important result of the project, which was also disseminated to DG-ECHO, DG-HOME, ERCC.

The primary objective of the exercise was to test the operational and organisational capacity of the international teams, the actual recipients of the activity and the subjects who will be called upon to operate in real emergency situations. The initiative was a great success in terms of results obtained and information acquired.

To understand the extent of the event you can check the Twitter channel and the hashtag #PieMODEX2018, and login to the frontend:

https://ireactfe-staging.azurewebsites.net

User: piemodex@piemodex.org

Password: Ireazione