SERM Academy

The SERM Academy was set up with the aim of strengthening an integrated system for the seismic emergency management and to improve the cross-border interoperability among civil protection actors.

The small village of Portis Vecchio is used as training site of the SERM Academy. Portis Vecchio was abandoned after the 1976 earthquake, as it was located under an impending rock-fall landslide; nowadays, it shows a situation of “how it was” immediately after the 1976 earthquake. This case of real post-earthquake scenario has been recognized as extremely useful for full-scale exercise sessions purposes, in particular for assessing structural damage and for post-earthquake technical interventions on buildings.

The project takes advantage of the synergic collaboration among Civil Protection of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, University of Udine, Italian National Fire Service, Municipality of Venzone and “Associazione dei Comuni terremotati e dei Sindaci della ricostruzione del Friuli”.

SERM-ex 2017 exercise

When: from 11 to 15 September 2017

Where: Portis Vecchio (training site of the SERM Academy), Venzone (municipality), Palmanova (Regional Civil Protection headquarter)

Objectives: The exercise aims at verifying the effectiveness of the integrated seismic emergency response of the Italian National Fire Service and the Regional Civil Protection, using recent technologies and innovative procedures designed by the SPRINT-Lab of the University of Udine.

In particular, the exercise tests the recent advancements on the technical triage methodology and on the realization of the shoring interventions, carried out after the earthquakes of L'Aquila 2009, Emilia 2012, and Central Italy 2016, and the international missions in Nepal 2015 and Ecuador 2016. These experiences have permitted the optimization of technical survey procedures and the implementation of ICT tools for supporting the decision making process during the emergency response.

The exercise includes the simulation of early rescue activities and the activation of municipal emergency plans and it aims at verifying:

  • the systemic response of the Italian National Fire Service, the Regional Civil Protection, and the University of Udine,
  • the advantages deriving from the settlement of an integrated situation room (SIGeT) at the Civil Protection headquarter in Palmanova;
  • the cross-border interoperability for the realization of short-term countermeasures.