Resource & Volunteer Management (RVM) is a tool for managing volunteers and resources that civil society provides to the Department of Emergency Situations in case of a major seismic or other natural disaster. The application allows inventory management of available resources, maintains a clear situation regarding the quantities, types of materials and places where they are stored, as well as the status of volunteers organized on distinct specializations.

Status: Adopted

Although there seem to be a lot of overall problems, the solution lies in a methodical and systemic approach. Using a triangulation system that relied on consulting the relevant available scientific literature, validation of the hypotheses through expert interviews or focus groups and the consultation of available public data. This allows us to have a list of problems that is both valid and validated.

We have discussed with many organizations and specialists on the subject of earthquake preparedness, but also on the intervention procedures for such a major event. Rescue efforts will be the duty of everyone, a major disaster being devastating for both Bucharest and the rest of the country. We tried to map the main actors involved in seismic issues. This list will continue to be updated as we continue to research and develop solutions in this field.

Medical response

"A first estimate of the overload that the earthquake response will place on emergency services (no: at Bucharest level) shows that the number of potential injured who would need medical intervention is two to four times more than the number of ambulance and UPUs assisting them on a regular day. The majority, though not all, will reach the hospital immediately after the earthquake [...]. These would add to cases that would be assisted anyway on that day, unrelated to the earthquake. Which means we can expect the number of cases to exceed about three times the normal volume of activity. "(Public Health Analysis, 2017, Considerations on Medical Response in the Event of the Earthquake, Romanian Health Observatory)

Media plays a crucial role in informing and educating the population about earthquake preparedness. With the exception of a few short published briefing guides, the most common materials in the general press either just report events about earthquakes or statistical data, or play a critical role in the authorities. Here are some examples of how the media talks about earthquakes in the past 12 months.

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