Interagency group Crisis Management

The concept of “Crisis Task Force” is a huge international innovation in the principle of managing large contingencies. It is the establishment of the Operational Immediate Action Group formed by different agencies and services by combining their resources to increase responsiveness. This concept from the United Nations is used when a problem arises, such as a famine in Africa, nature conservation and ecological disasters. They are also beginning to use emergency services worldwide. In order to test this concept in Spain, the first exercise took place in Seville in April 2009, which set interdepartmental cooperation: the “Crisis Task Force”.

If you are involved in emergency care and want to participate in our international module of the Crisis Task Force,please contact our International Office internacional@samu.es. The international module lasts an additional two days (six in total) and participants will enjoy learning from their dedicated instructor.

Exercise description

1. Definition

Exercise of natural disaster management, for the development of organizational skills, health care and logistics.

Specifically aimed at strengthening individual resistance, managing uncertainty, stress and the ability to absorb environmental disruption.

It will be a test of endurance and self-control on a deliberately complex and aggressive stage.

2. Concept

The CTF is an academic exercise, framed within the activities of the Master of Emergency, Emergency, Disaster and Humanitarian Action, University of Sevilla so that all operational developments will be directed from the academic authority of the teaching-learning process.

It will be in a realistic situation that requires an uninterrupted 60-hour intervention of rescue services, rescue, relief and psychosocial care.

3. Organization

It is based on the Incident, ComandSystem (ICS) model, both at the stage of planning and implementation, changing the actors for teaching purposes.

Crisis Task Force organization

4. Process Development

  1. Assumption: a scenario to determine there has been a natural disaster that has left following the collapse of a population of 10.00 inhabitants, many of the victims have been able to meet in the early hours by rescue teams and rescue first responders, however, they remain trapped and awaiting a specialized rescue. There is an unknown number of victims that require sustained intervention and assistance through the use of specialized search-and-rescue equipment.  This will last 48 hours.
  2. Development of intervention: institutions and actors of the intervention will focus on D-Day, in an area of Base ZO, where a PC will be injected into the advanced operating course.
  3. Sequencing:
    1. Deployment Zone Base
    2. Advanced PC deployment
    3. Intervening Aposentamiento
    4. Sectoring
    5. Determining scenarios
    6. Maintained Management Authority
    7. Activation year
    8. Sequential injection of resources
    9. Relay
    10. Troubleshooting
    11. Points of situation
    12. Media Contacts
    13. Administrative control of the process
    14. Image Management
    15. Environmental management
    16. Learned lessons
  4. Base Area: Area will focus on those involved with the media, logistic support resources, and deployed intervention.  The support that will be provided includes health care administration, water, food, waste management.
  5. Each organization must be self-sufficient in food and water throughout the year. The organization will make available to whoever wants individual servings forecast 24 hours.

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