The EU-funded programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and man-made Disasters in Eastern Partnership countries (PPRD East 3) has developed a new method for a digital hybrid solution for Tabletop Exercises (TTX). On May 26-27, the first online exercise on emergency preparedness was held in Kyiv, Ukraine.
The exercise aimed to test coordination, information management and decision-making processes in the event of a major disaster in Ukraine. The participants were representatives from civil protection agencies, line ministries, hydro-meteorological services, local authorities, civil society organisations and the Red Cross.
The Ukrainian participants gathered at their respective institutions and connected to an online environment with exercise control and observers from different places around Europe. Participants were tackling with a realistic disaster flood scenario, based on a past event. The disaster had a cascade effect and escalated with secondary impacts for participants to manage and react to. Evacuation, COVID-19 and public concern on social media were among the additional challenges that participants had to face.
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