Towards a common framework for natural and technological emergency management
The wide range of natural and technological hazards throughout the European Community necessitates efficient preparations to protect citizens and their environments. This paper develops a number of themes that emerged during a recent CEC Joint Research Centre workshop on emergency management. In particular, it considers the feasibility of utilising the framework of the Seveso Directive, with its emphasis on risk assessment and risk communication, as a basis for a common approach to the management of a broad range of risks. The fundamental problem of emergency management is seen as the complex task of matching available resources to uncertain patterns of potential harm and population vulnerability. The irreducible uncertainty in the prediction and monitoring of emergencies creates characteristic difficulties in planning for these events, and in creating an effective response organisation. Finally, the paper considers research and development needs in this area, and the feasibility and desirability of Community-wide collection of data on, and analysis of, major natural and technological disasters.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Emergency Planning '93 : 2nd International Conference, Lancaster (GB), July 11-14, 1993
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37616 ORA
Record Number: 199311311 / Last updated on: 1994-11-28
Original language: en
Available languages: en