Earthquakes pose a severe threat to modern societies, and we need to change our culture of emergency preparedness, improve local citizen response capacity, and enhance individual and community resilience.
The project Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment ConsorTium – REDACt (BSB966) capitalised on the educational material published by the competent authorities from the Black Sea Basin area and, based on conducted research and widely accepted scientific principles intends to constructively contribute towards improving public safety against earthquake-related risks, in line with state regulations and emergency plans.
During Earthquake emergencies, the main problems identified by competent authorities in respect to public response include panic; traffic jams; unawareness of the safe locations, the possible routes towards them and the time people can safely stay there.
At the same time, scientific research has shown that the prime concern people face during earthquake emergencies, is related to the unknown safety conditions and whereabouts of persons they care about. This may also be a reason for panicking and being willing to ignore the risks and expose themselves to existing hazards.
To improve the population’s preparedness and response capacity, REDACt focuses on improving Earthquake Disaster Mitigation public Education and Competencies by providing short guidelines and tools to help the public acquire, during earthquake emergencies, situational awareness regarding their main concerns and most important needs as defined in the previous paragraph.
Given that voice communication during emergencies may be interrupted due to system overload, free software tools and services on how to – on-demand - share information and live location over data, are provided in the form of very short tutorials. At the same time, navigation-able maps of safe locations based on data provided by competent State Authorities for the entire project implementation area, are included in order to make the REDACt EDU-HUB an one-stop site to acquire all the necessary info and support.
The REDACt project team invites you to browse through the Educational Hub and become a part of the joint effort, to improve community resilience and overall safety against Earthquakes.