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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
An emergency situation, whether natural or human-made, is a challenge both for political leaders and for those in society who are responsible for managing the related crises.
Governments must be able to rely upon a structurally robust system to effectively cope with the complexity, novelty and uncertainty that characterise societal expectations in relation to modern crises.
To assess similarities in emergency preparedness and response across sectors, identify lessons learned and set out good practices for the nuclear sector the JRC has joined forces with the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The results are published in NEA's report: Towards and all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness and response (OECD NEA EPR).
The JRC's contribution includes insights related to emergency preparedness and response from in-depth analyses of chemical accidents, as well as natural hazard-triggered technological (Natech) accidents, using data from the JRC's Major Accident Reporting System (eMARS) and its Natech accident database (eNATECH). Recommendations from the analysis include:
The report is a major milestone towards building an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness and response.
Through this collaboration, the JRC, OECD and NEA aim to engage international organisations more extensively to build such an approach and ensure that the best preparations are made to protect citizens when disaster strikes.
Faced with the risk of increasingly severe and frequent natural and man-made disasters, policy-makers and risk managers in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and across EU policies increasingly rely on the wealth of existing knowledge and evidence at all levels – local, national, European and global – and at all stages of the DRM cycle – prevention; reduction; preparedness; response and recovery.
The Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC) provides a networked approach to the science-policy interface in DRM, across the Commission, EU Member States and the DRM community within and beyond the EU.