Cross-organisational handbook of

preparedness and response planning


What is the purpose of the handbook?

The purpose of the handbook is to bring together practices in civil protection-related cross-organizational collaboration. It should provide examples and potentially even blueprints and contacts that may be helpful to those who want to enhance practices within their context.

Who wrote the handbook?

The handbook was developed by the IN-PREP consortium. It is based on two end-user workshops[1], 20 expert interviews and several iterations of disseminating and revising the current version together with the workshop participants, project end-users and interview partners, e.g. representatives from the UK JESIP framework, Dutch Safety Regions as well as several representatives of Police and Fire services in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Italy, and Portugal working on interoperability aspects. In addition, the handbook is based on the lessons learned during the IN-PREP exercises. The overall methodology and individual inputs to the handbook are detailed in D7.6 (“Knowledge Capitalisation”).

[1] One project internal workshops were held and a dedicated workshop on ”Ethics and Policy of Transboundary Disaster Management Platforms” was held during the “Public Safety Communication Europe Conference” (PSCE) in June 2019.

Who should read the handbook?

The handbook addresses different audiences, namely decision or policy makers, response actors and citizens. More particularly, it aims to provide dedicated information per audience and aims to respond to the following questions:

Policy maker:
  • Why should I be interested in cross-organisational collaboration?
  • What does it mean at the national and international level?
  • How could I engender cross-organisational collaboration?
    • What are the relevant dimensions?
    • What are the potential steps?
Responder organisations:
  • Why is cross-organisational collaboration relevant?
  • Which dimensions are of relevance to evaluate and enhance inter-organisational collaboration?
  • How is cross-organisational collaboration organised in practice?
  • Which tools can facilitate training?
  • Why should I be interested in cross-organisational collaboration?
  • How can I be involved?