Project Description:

How do operators of critical infrastructures, administrations and aid organizations react in an emergency? How can the interaction in disaster control be improved?

A two-year research project of the chair of Business Information Systems and Electronic Government in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior of the Land Brandenburg as consortium manager, the BASF Schwarzheide GmbH and the public fire department of West Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland, focuses on the protection of critical infrastructures and the improvement of disaster control systems. The project is funded by the European Union in the framework of the program "Security and safeguarding Liberties" and commissioned by the Land Brandenburg.

Project Objectives:

The aim of the project “Mutability of Protection Structures and Assessment of Consequences for Prevention Defence of Disaster and Accomplishment of Disaster Consequences” has its primary purpose in developing processes to increase the mutability of safety systems and processes for outcome assessment for critical infrastructures. In order to examine the adaptability of critical infrastructures, indicators of adaptability need to be applied on protection structures; further indicators could be added. The understanding on adaptability is the ability of a system, to adjust itself efficiently and rapidly towards changing demands. Those abilities are of special relevance in aspects of changing environmental situations, such as disasters. Critical infrastructures have to be able to react appropriately towards emergencies, keeping up their functions considerably, without any detrimental results towards society.

Impact Assessment:

The project is focused on formulating methods for the integrated impact assessment of disasters and impact assessment of protection. The methods that will be used are the impact assessment on technology and law. In the context of disaster control, the results of a disaster have to be examined separated from the results of its protection concept. The outcome of a disaster has a one sided effect towards the compilation and weighing of protection concepts.

Scenario-oriented testing:

In cooperation with the partners, BASF Schwarzheide GmbH and the public fire department of West Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland, and under consideration of experts of emergency management agencies, the method of analysis for adaptability will be the designed pattern for impact assessment which will be used and tested towards their practicality.

The transferability to other contexts has to be considered constantly through general organizational problem assignments and being applicable further than the coverage of typical types of disasters faced by a chemical company.


Röchert-Voigt, Tanja
Research Assistant

Stein, Moreen
Research Assistant

Weber, Edzard
Research Assistant

Silke Sielaff (Ministry of the Interior Brandenburg)


Gronau, N., Sielaff, S., Weber, E., Röchert-Voigt, T., & Stein, M. (2009): Change capability of protection systems. In Duncan, K., & Brebbia, C. A. (Ed.), Disaster Management and Human Health Risk: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes (Wit Transactions on the Built Environment) (87-95). WIT Press.

With financial support from the Prevention, Preparedness and Consequence Management of Terrorism
other Security Related Risks Programme European Commission –
Directorate-General Justice, Freedom and Security

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