The aim of the PrepAGE-project which is co-funded by the European Commission’s DG ECHO was to introduce specific recommendations for older people in emergency and disaster preparedness and prevention programmes. The PrepAGE-project identified the needs, structures and measures to find out how to prepare and reach the target group of older people in case of emergencies and disasters. The project also took into account the resources and resilience of older people and brought together experts from the health and social sector and the field of disaster management. The project was implemented in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia and the United Kingdom from 1 April 2014 to 31 May 2016. Read more »
The Croatian Red Cross Community-based exercise which was held on October 2, 2015 in Slunj, was part of the “PrepAGE” project. It brought together experts from the field of protection and rescue, health and social sectors from Republic of Croatia and beneficiaries (older population). The aim of the exercise was to inform and train all relevant factors in the system of protection and rescue in situations where, because of crisis or disaster, evacuation of the population is necessary. Read more »
On 5th of December, 2015 the Bulgarian Red Cross organized a simulation of flood alert, flooding scenario, evacuation of the population in country side (including older people as an active group). The local partner within the PrepAGE project was the Yambol branch of the Bulgarian Red Cross. Read more »
On 18-19th February 2016 Austrian Red Cross hosted a PrepAGE working group final meeting in Vienna, Austria. The aim of the meeting was to exchange the experiences from each partner countries within the international Project PrepAGE – Enhancing disaster management preparedness for the older population in the EU. Read more »
The British Red Cross Community-based Exercise was held on 29th September 2015 in Woking, Surrey. 50 delegates, aged over 65 attended the event entitled ‘Be prepared – empowering adults in local emergencies’. The event was also attended by representatives from the Police, Fire Service, Local Authority, Utilities Company, Environment Agency, the Mayor and Mayoress of Woking and Age Concern.
The exercise was focussed on three main objectives:
- To identify and raise awareness of the needs of older people in an emergency in order to inform PrepAGE recommendations
- To raise awareness of the services available locally which older people can access to prepare for and withstand an emergency
- To enhance the preparedness of older people in an emergency
The day comprised of three sections; ‘Helping us to help you’, ‘Helping you to help yourself’, and ‘Be Prepared’.
On 05-06th October 2015 a working group meeting was held in Riga, Latvia within the international Project PrepAGE – Enhancing disaster management preparedness for the older population in the EU. Read more »
On 3rd September Latvian Red Cross (LatRC) organized a community based exercise – evacuation training in the LatRC Social Care Centre Sturisi in Laidze, Talsi region. 130 inhabitants who daily live in the centre are mostly elderly people who suffer from dementia, have mental or movement disorders. The training was organized within international project PrepAGE and it involved participation of stakeholders, rescue services, LatRC staff and volunteers.
The participants at the evacuation training were leading representatives of Talsi municipality, rescuers from State Fire and Rescue Service, State Emergency Medical Service, State Forest Service, Latvian State Police, Municipal Police, Latvian National Guard, employees of Security Company “TalComm” and staff and volunteers of LatRC social care centre. Among the observers there were representatives of Ministry of Welfare, Riga Social Welfare department, different social care centres, local inhabitants of the nearby areas, as well as the Estonian Red Cross colleagues.
As part of the PrepAGE project, the Bulgarian Red Cross hosted a European Workshop and Partner Meeting on 1st-3rd June 2015 in Lozen, Bulgaria.
The aims for the European Workshop were to:
- bring together project partners and experts from all project partner countries in order to exchange experiences of older people in disaster preparedness and management
- compare national procedures in a European context
- develop joint European recommendations
- exchange and provide input to plans for community-based exercises.
Within March and April, all partners hosted National Workshops which were organized to have a discussion in order to identify the needs, structures and measures to prepare and reach older people in emergencies and disasters. The aim was to bring together experts from the health and social sector and the field of disaster management in order to evaluate the existing situation and to come up with recommendations that will improve the situation for older people in disaster situations at local, regional and national levels. Read more »