What we aim to achieve
The main objective of this project is to give authorities the ability to verify their preparedness to different kinds of crisis, they may encounter in the future. This main objective will be achieved through to main functional components:
- the simulation component, aiming to test the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in case of a major crisis situation
- the resilience component aiming to evaluate the modifications of SOPs resulted after the simulation on the legal framework related to emergency management (that will include the impact on the assets, the risk of non-compliance and cost of compliance)
The benefits of such a platform exceeds the current COVID-19 crisis as its features are designed to fit any potential future crisis regardless of the nature of the future crisis. Also, from the market point of view, the potential customers that are targeted by the platform will face the same challenges within future crisis situation as they are face today. The only difference is that, most probably, they may be better prepared and able to respond much faster and efficient.
Preparedness and resilience evaluation
It is a well known fact that preparedness is achieved both through proper legal framework (laws and by-laws) and sound SOPs but also through trainings, contingency plans and continuous improvement. Organising nation wide drills for evaluating the response capacity response is a common practice in each country and also multi-national drills coordinated by EU and/or NATO are organised periodically with the main goal to integrate capabilities. These exercises are planned with long-time in advance, cannot be organised too often and are very expensive. Running simulations in a so-called "sand box" (even without real resources in the field) will have a significant impact for achieving better preparedness. Using the platform as support for real drills will also increase the response capacity through collecting real information and human reactions.
Simulating epidemic/pandemic crisis situations (such as COVID-19) will also allow much better estimation of the stocks of medical equipment needed and of the potential shortages that may occur due to "unexpected" evolutions (which can also be simulated). Same can be applied in the case of critical human resources (as the medical staff, police officers, ambulance employees), thus being possible to put in practice contingency plans even for preparedness (such as alternative trainings for medical staff to allow them to replace colleagues that can be affected by the virus when on duty or volunteering programs to have alternatives for the ambulance employees).
Simulating the consumption of the critical material resources, the supply/distribution chains and the impact on the critical human resources will offer an accurate picture of how long a country can resist (on acceptable levels) to a crisis situation such as COVID-19.