As a part of the RESISTANT project and in the context of the WP3 objectives and Use Case 4 activities, on Thursday 03.03.2022, CCMA organized a Tabletop exercise (TTX) for situational awareness and emergency services interoperability in a complex environment UC4: Earthquake response during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants were from the Civil Protection main operational forces: Ministry of Interior Civil Protection Directorate, National Civil Protection Intervention Unit, Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, Firefighting Brigade Rijeka, and Primorsko-Goranska County Red Cross. The main objectives were:
• Inform the participants about the benefits of using modern geospatial and information systems in large scale events
• Increased situational awareness by integration of available information from different sources
• Enhance real-time capabilities and information interoperability
• Increased efficiency of operations by rational and cost-effective resource deployment and joint emergency services interoperability
• Evaluation of existing operational procedures and development of further recommendations
During the exercise, participants used modern geospatial tools to respond to input incidents and to test services’ joint interoperability. For that purpose, Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS) and COncORDE emergency management platform provided by Konnektable Technologies Ltd. were used simultaneously. Petrinja 2020 Copernicus EMS grading map was also used as an input damage information for Earthquake response during the COVID-19 pandemic exercise scenario to test further development of operational procedures in using Copernicus rapid products in field operations. After the exercise, a review data was collected and a summary from the participants to make further recommendations and articulate findings in the post-exercise report.