WELCOME TO THE GMES
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICE
RUSH MODE PORTAL
A SERVICE IN SUPPORT TO THE EUROPEAN EMERGENCY RESPONSE
The GIO Emergency Management Service - Mapping is the first implemented Service of the GMES Initial Operations programme 2011-2013 (GIO), the Emergency Service. This brings the European Earth monitoring program GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) into its initial operational phase. The GIO Emergency Management Service has a worldwide coverage.
The Service has been contracted following tenders issued by the European Commission.
The GIO EMS – Mapping in RUSH mode is provided on a 24/7/365 basis. The rush mode covers the on-demand, and fast, provision of geo-spatial information supporting the Authorities in charge of Crisis Management, immediately following natural or man-made disasters. Events such as earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, storms, industrial accidents and humanitarian crises are covered.
Maps are based on satellite data, together with other geospatial data useful for analysing a crisis situation such as aerial imagery, in field measurement and data from global geo-spatial databases. Maps are produced soon after the activation of the service. The maps will be delivered as fast as possible, typically within 24 hours or less, after the reception of satellite data.
The activation procedure is able to cope with several different requests at the same time. The procedure is managed by a single 24/7/365 entry point, the Emergency Response Centre (MIC) of the DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) of the European Commission, staffed with highly trained duty officers.
The Service contractor has resources available for the map production on a 24/7/365 basis.
The GIO EMS – Mapping provides NON-RUSH mode products along the same line, but with longer delivery time (up to 60 days), and is available during working hours on weekdays.
Procedures for both parts of the Service are described in the User Guide.
The GIO Emergency Management Service - Mapping became operational on April 1st 2012.