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 Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)

Overview and scope

GDACS is a web-based platform that combines existing web-based disaster information management systems with the aim to alert the international community in case of major sudden-onset disasters and to facilitate the coordination of international response during the relief phase of the disaster. GDACS is comprised of the following elements:

  • A set of standards to ensure interoperability between existing alert and response coordination systems
  • A set of working procedures to ensure predictability and reliability of information creation and exchange during crisis response
  • Stakeholders that commit to provide related information according to the standards and the working procedures

Aim

The aim of GDACS is to provide the international disaster response community with a platform to ensure that disaster alerts and information relevant to the international disaster response is exchanged interactively in a structured and predictable manner among all concerned.

Scope

GDACS will be activated in major natural, technological and environmental disasters, which overwhelm the affected country's response capacity and require international assistance. GDACS will be active from the moment a major disaster is forecasted or has occurred until the end of the relief phase. The relief phase terminates when there is no further requirement for information exchange by responding organisations to coordinate their activities and the focus of international assistance shifts to rehabilitation and reconstructions. The duration of the relief phase can vary in disasters but is usually between three to four weeks. Early warning and rehabilitation/reconstruction will currently not be covered by GDACS.

Users and Stakeholders

The access to GDACS alert-notification and interactive components (e.g. Virtual OSOCC) are restricted (password protected) to disaster managers in donor countries, response organisations and disaster-prone countries. In addition, GDACS will be accessible to the research community who analyse disaster impact and response activities in order to improve international disaster management concepts. Disaster-prone countries should be the primary stakeholders of GDACS. This requires that dedicated focal points be established and trained in these countries to ensure that in case of major disasters, relevant information is reliably and timely provided to the international community according to defined GDACS standards and methodology.

Visit www.gdacs.org

Critech's role

Critech is responsible for the GDACS alert system and the information integration on the public GDACS web site. Using physical and risk modelling techniques, combining real-time monitoring data with socio-economic data of the affected area, JRC produces an impact evaluation and sends over 10000 SMS messages accordingly.

 

Overview and scope

GDACS is a web-based platform that combines existing web-based disaster information management systems with the aim to alert the international community in case of major sudden-onset disasters and to facilitate the coordination of international response during the relief phase of the disaster. GDACS is comprised of the following elements:

  • A set of standards to ensure interoperability between existing alert and response coordination systems
  • A set of working procedures to ensure predictability and reliability of information creation and exchange during crisis response
  • Stakeholders that commit to provide related information according to the standards and the working procedures

Aim

The aim of GDACS is to provide the international disaster response community with a platform to ensure that disaster alerts and information relevant to the international disaster response is exchanged interactively in a structured and predictable manner among all concerned.

Scope

GDACS will be activated in major natural, technological and environmental disasters, which overwhelm the affected country's response capacity and require international assistance. GDACS will be active from the moment a major disaster is forecasted or has occurred until the end of the relief phase. The relief phase terminates when there is no further requirement for information exchange by responding organisations to coordinate their activities and the focus of international assistance shifts to rehabilitation and reconstructions. The duration of the relief phase can vary in disasters but is usually between three to four weeks. Early warning and rehabilitation/reconstruction will currently not be covered by GDACS.

Users and Stakeholders

The access to GDACS alert-notification and interactive components (e.g. Virtual OSOCC) are restricted (password protected) to disaster managers in donor countries, response organisations and disaster-prone countries. In addition, GDACS will be accessible to the research community who analyse disaster impact and response activities in order to improve international disaster management concepts. Disaster-prone countries should be the primary stakeholders of GDACS. This requires that dedicated focal points be established and trained in these countries to ensure that in case of major disasters, relevant information is reliably and timely provided to the international community according to defined GDACS standards and methodology.

Visit www.gdacs.org

Critech's role

Critech is responsible for the GDACS alert system and the information integration on the public GDACS web site. Using physical and risk modelling techniques, combining real-time monitoring data with socio-economic data of the affected area, JRC produces an impact evaluation and sends over 10000 SMS messages accordingly.

 

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