This current project will be ongoing for three years and with this first newsletter we would like to give you a briefing about what it is and what the project consists of. The project will last until October 2020 and in between we will keep you updated about the partner meetings, the new incomes, and in general, about the steps that we are taking towards HEIMDALL, an ambicious project that was tailored to the needs of practitioners and which we hope will respond to your needs.
What is HEIMDALL?
It is a cooperative multi-hazard management tool which provides data exchange, scenario building and situation assessment functionalities for preparedness and response planning in relation to wildfires, floods and landslides.
What are HEIMDALL objectives?
Overall, Heimdall is focused on two main objectives:
- Improving immediate cooperative situation assessment and strategic response planning activities
- Improving long-term preparedness activities (e.g. strategies for DDR)
How does HEIMDALL work?
With a view to understand Heimdall´s functionality we must be aware about the current gaps and how solutions are being made to respond to the needs of people who are involved in the wildfire community:
In this case, we indentify the following as the most remarkable gaps:
- High demand of cross-organizational communication and cooperation in response and preparedness phase
- Reduced situation awareness and decision making capabilities through information overload and uncertainty in a crisis situation
- Interoperability and semantic heterogeneity problems
Knowing already the gaps and the objectives that we have previously outlined, we are able to solve the next points with the user´s interaction:
- Designing and implementing a multi-hazard integrated system to be used pre-operationally by emergency services
- Creating, analysing and exchanging realistic multi-disciplinary disaster scenarios
- Providing more, better, clear and validated data
- Recording conditions, actual events and actions as the situation evolves
- Analysing possible futures of a situation and potential consequences to assess the effectiveness of potential working strategies and identify options and contingencies
- Evaluating and revising response plans based on lessons learnt from previous disasters
- Consistent usage of internationally recognized standards of data management, DDR, disaster management protocols and procedures and emergency message formats