S-HELP Flooding Exercise Takes Place in Cork
On Friday, November 25th, FAC Director William Hynes will join members of the principal emergency response agencies and the voluntary services to participate in an exercise testing the decision support system designed to reduce the impact of large-scale disasters on public health. The event will take place in the Local Coordination Centre at the headquarters of Cork City Fire Brigade.
The online system has been developed by S-HELP, a €3.5 million EU-funded research and development project led by University College Cork. It is a joint venture between nine organisations from across Europe, including four Irish partners. FAC is involved in several key aspects of the project, from the development of the Geographical Image System for the platform, to the dissemination of project results.
Speaking about Friday’s exercise, Dr Karen Neville, S-HELP coordinator, said ‘This simulated emergency scenario will involve extreme rainfall in several locations in the South West region, rising tides, tide-locking in estuaries and tidal reaches, and surface water flooding of rural areas, towns and urban locations.’
This is the last of three evaluation exercises conducted for the project. Last month, a simulated chemical explosion scenario was held in Dublin, and a pandemic exercise took place in Tel Aviv, Israel in September.