ANYWHERE (EnhANcing emergencY management and response to extreme WeatHER and climate Events) is a H2020 innovation action with the objective of enhancing population’s resilience towards climate and weather-induced hazards (http://anywhere-h2020.eu/).
To achieve this, ANYWHERE proposes an operational Multi Hazard Early Warning System (MH-EWS) able to translate the most advanced meteorological forecasts into Impact forecasting products. AI is used to integrate the hazard forecasts served by the MH-EWS with high-resolution local impact models automatically combining them with the regional layers of exposure and vulnerability in the emergency command centres (EMCs).
All this information, usually available but not interconnected, is now processed in the Pan-European multi-risk decision support platform A4EU (ANYWHERE for Europe), to automatically identify the affected critical points, allowing the emergency response operational staff to focus on local IMPACTS specially selecting the most vulnerable locations (i.e. Schools, Train stations, Hospitals, Seveso facilities, etc.) instead of vast regions, supporting them to magnify their response capabilities. The ANYWHERE project engaged a total of 110 Stakeholders (including 40 enterprises) interested in the project outcomes.
In order to demonstrate the Pan-European capabilities of the A4EU platform, different prototypes have been deployed, tested and operationally validated in 7 Emergency Management Centres covering all the climatic range in EU during more than one year, showing excellent results in a number of events and enabling a better management of the corresponding emergencies.
The involved regions represent an area of 622.554 sqm and a population of 51.259.058 people. The most important impactful outcome of ANYWHERE is to have supported the participant EMCs to move forward towards a “new paradigm”: transforming the emergency response from reactive to proactive (starting before that the emergency occurs) thanks to the ANYWHERE high-resolution impact forecasts integrated in the A4EU platform, which allows a better management of the emergency and a significant reduction of damages and life losses.
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