CiProVoT aims to develop a Trans-national training course module for Civil Protection Volunteers (partly peer-education/partly with the use of external expert trainers).

The Introductory Module «The EU Civil Protection Mechanism» describes the European Civil Protection Mechanism and the national Civil Protection systems of the partner countries involved into the Project (Greece, United Kingdom, Italy and Portugal). The objective is to provide an overview of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and the various institutional and operational set-ups of the Civil Protection systems in Europe. In particular, the general characteristics of the national Civil Protection and Civil Protection Volunteering systems will be described as well as the role of Civil Protection volunteering training. The data and information included into this Module are the result of the field and desk researches conducted by the Partners in their countries during the first phase of the “CiProVoT-Civil Protection Volunteers Training” project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme: Key Action 2, Strategic Partnership in the field of Adult education.

The module will focus on defining the basic, but most important, terms in relation to disaster studies. The different elements of disaster risk management will enjoy the attention, and how these different elements contribute to our understanding and better control of risk and disasters will be explained. Different types of hazards, vulnerability domains and risks will also be discussed. This module also provides a more theoretical look at the evolution of the study of disasters, and in doing so, the emphasis will be placed on the transdisciplinary nature of disaster risk reduction.

When an emergency occurs, every minute counts to minimise negative impacts on humans, the economy and the environment. To achieve this goal, integrated emergency management is needed. The European Union has different tools to support national stakeholders in the management of emergencies, such as the European Joint Research Centre, continuously conducting research to improve crisis management and disaster prevention, and the Copernicus earth observation programme, functioning as an early warning system in the case of natural or human-made hazards. Still, political and private stakeholders need to take charge of the emergency management in their working and individual contexts, preferably implementing an Integrated Emergency Management, which focuses on all four phases of Prevention and Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. Thus, emergency management shifts from the pure response to already occurring events and damage control to an integrated cycle of mitigating and preventing risks in the first place as well as being prepared in case of an emergency, thus guaranteeing a fast and structured response and recovery. To respond effectively, knowledge of basic concepts is needed. A useful instrument to make the shift from a predominantly responsive system to integrated management can be Emergency Response Plans. If created and implemented correctly, these can be of high value to crisis managers, as they are clarifying roles and responsibilities as well as procedures and available resources in case of emergency.

Disaster management is standing on three crucial phases like preparedness, prevention and mitigation. Disaster preparedness highlights warnings and forecasts of impending disasters and often entails processes which are quite dynamic and results in a "rapid onset" disaster. Disaster prevention is a long term activity where satellite monitoring of relevant factors such as changing land use, population growth is the main criteria. Communication of information about a disaster to a population at risk and appropriate actions to mitigate that hazard is an essential part of information technology.

This chapter provides a description of ICT technologies