The SERM Academy is an international training school concerning the seismic response management. SERM Academy aims at strengthening an integrated system for the seismic emergency management and at improving the cross-border interoperability among civil protection actors.
On May, 7, 2016 the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, the Regional Civil Protection, the Italian National Fire Service, the University of Udine, the “Associazione dei Comuni Terremotati e dei Sindaci della Ricostruzione del Friuli” and the Venzone municipality signed an agreement in order to set up the SERM Academy, and to realize a training camp at Portis Vecchio in Venzone (Udine, Italy).
The Academy takes advantage of the synergic collaboration of the above mentioned actors, and it focuses primarily to meet the training objectives of the Regional Civil Protection and of the National Fire Service, in optics to define an integrated response model.
Within the SERM Academy, innovative technologies and procedures are developed and tested to support the response management to emergencies. In particular, the “iTriage” approach aims at engineering the integrated patrol techniques for the management of emergencies, using innovative methodologies and ad-hoc IT solutions.
While disasters and emergencies could impact everyone, their effect on people with disabilities and/or special needs is often compounded by factors such as reliance on electrical power, elevators, accessible transportation, and accessible communication – all of which can be compromised in emergency situations. Recently, SERM Academy proposed a training experience day on "disabilities in emergencies" to improve the preparation for managing people with disabilities in emergency scenarios.