Both, isolated large-scale incidents, such as train and plane crashes, major flood disasters or nuclear breakdowns, as well as new threats due to terrorism have one thing in common: What the victims and helpers in the event of a crisis have to face and cope with is often unpredictable and uncertain. On site, the risks must be calculated within a very short time. In order to save human life, the rescue forces of police, fire brigades and civil protection organizations are repeatedly exposed to great danger. They search for for survivors in damaged buildings and infrastructure, rescue confused people from burning buildings and analyse leaking substances in accidents involving dangerous goods transportation.
To encounter such threats effectively, this study group debates all the measures taken to protect life, health or the environment in the course or before the development of a disaster. This includes preparatory measures, such as the establishment of appropriate support services and schemes, or setting standard operating rules (SOR) for rapid response in common situations. In particular, the use and development of new technologies, which can greatly contribute to the prevention of damage in case of disaster and to the removal of disaster damage, are the focus of the evaluation by our study group.