2nd FSX – GENOVA and Savona, Italy

IN-PREP Project held its 2nd full-scale exercise (FSX) in Genova and Savona, Italy on 28 October 2020. This was the penultimate full-scale exercise of the IN-PREP Project and the first to be carried out remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The scenario for the 2nd FSX was based on a number of converging, multi-hazard incidents in the Italian region of Liguria, impacting mainly on Genova and Savona. The scenario was of a motorway incident and its resulting cascading effects including damage to critical transport infrastructure and potential hazmat exposure, complicated further by severe weather conditions in neighbouring regions and States which limit the availability of international assistance.

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2nd FSX was conducted as a uniquely remote exercise, combining both real and simulated actors responding to a crisis scenario in real-time.

The Covid-19 pandemic served to shift the focus of the exercise which demonstrated that notwithstanding current difficulties, it is still possible to increase the preparation of stakeholders for other emergency scenarios, which will still occur despite the present circumstances.

The 2nd FSX was the fifth (and penultimate) exercise of the IN-PREP Project, following previous exercises in Spoleto and Savona, Italy, Kampen, the Netherlands and Belfast, Northern Ireland.