Crisis & Emergency Management Centre
www.cemac.org -- www.crisis.be
Some of the R&D projects where CEMAC was lead partner or participant:
Computer-Assisted Modelling of HAZMAT Incident Emissions
CEMAC - Universiteit Gent (Ghent University) project aimed at the development of a software and peripheral tools for dispersion modelling in the case of gaseous dangerous substance dispersion. The project lead to the development of a unique recalculation-loop software.
RYSKI - Risk Assessment Methodology
Independent research project, in a later stage with Université de Liège (Liège University), aimed at the development of a all-hazard semi-quantitative risk inventory, analysis, evaluation and exploitation methodology for use by authorities and private sector.
SEPPTM - Standardised Emergency Preparedness Plan
Development of standard for internal and external emergency plans based on modular process driven component blocks and compliant with most national legislation, international standards and several important foreign concepts (e.g. NIMS/ICS). The project is ongoing and also includes the development of digital emergency plan software with specific partners.
Development of a "Technical Arrangement on the Liability of Relief Personnel"
2012-2014 project of an Ad-Hoc Working Group (AHWG) tasked by the Civil Protection Group (CPG) of NATO.
The international project resulted in the development of a "handbook" treating the issue of legal liability of relief personnel from one country (the "Sending Nation") deploying to another country (the "Requesting Nations") as part of an international Disaster Response Operation (DRO).
Current Research & Development Projets
NATO-Russia Council (NRC) project on the "Development of a Multi-national Telemedicine System" (MnTS)
2014-2016 project co-sponsored by the NATO Science for Peace & Security Programme, with Romania, Russian Federation and United States of America as lead partners.
Luc ROMBOUT (CEMAC) was invited to work in the Governance Committee as national expert.
The tasks of this committee include: functional analyses, development of the Concept of Operations (CONOPS), preparation of exercises (EXER) and the organisation of pilot demo's.
Software Platforms for Digital Emergency Plans
CEMAC invests heavily in the development of a software portal in SaaS-mode for the creation of (digital) emergency plans. Wherever possible, we avoid using traditional text processors and related office automation tools (such as the Microsoft Office suite or Open Office) and use a dedicated software platform for emergency planning instead.
This platform is permanently "under development" in collaboration with our software partner IOS International.
We offer multi-lingual , 24/7 accessible digital emergency plans in a secure environment and permanently up to date. The portal allows access via pc/laptop, tablet, smartphone or any other portable device and embeded in a layer of individualised access control, making it possible not only to create unique views (extracts) of an emergency plan based on a persons role and mission, but also to provide very tailored plan security and automated follow-up of any modification.