Emergency situations

Emergency situations

France has considerable experience in the management of risks and natural disasters since the territory is regularly subjected to floods, forest fires, storms, etc., causing severe damage. These emergency situations mobilize considerable human and material resources for long periods.

This brochure presents a global capacity offer regarding risk and emergency situation management. The conditions of response in a disaster situation are often similar, and this brochure presents the technologies, products and services available to face up to such emergency situations, based on the expertise of the companies belonging to GICAT, Pôle RISQUES (risk management cluster), FFMI (French federation of fire professionals) and FACIM (French federation of civil and military equipment manufacturers). The impact of such emergency situations on the land and the consequences on water bodies are not treated in this file.



This document highlights the technical and software solutions and equipment useful to the management of emergency situations, for all stages of crisis management: prevention, planning, preparation, operational response, experience feedback, etc.

Regular exposure to major natural risks has led to the implementation of an integrated overall policy, an area of real French expertise, taking into account the entire risk management chain:

  • Prevention through evaluation, characterization and modelling of major risks, town and country planning management.
  • Planning and preparation by drawing up national emergency plans;
  • Protection, supervisionby means of constant monitoring, monitoring of weak signals, systematic, shared information feedback, consolidated at a national level and a public and company alert system;

Rescue services

  • Coordination of all rescue teams (specialist teams, first aiders, police and gendarmerie teams) and the implementation of ground resources and aircraft, support and logistics means.
  • Projection capacities, enabling the intervention of suitable teams throughout the mainland and overseas territories (resources transported by helicopter and aircraft, units and equipment that can be air-lifted)
  • Logistics capacities suitable to long term support of the population (accommodation, food, transport of people, sanitary support)
  • Involvement of the operators of vital facilities in the operational preparation and planning stages.

Restoration and experience feedback via the collection of data into a number of databases.

For more information, please contact Bernard REFALO: bernard.refalo@gicat.fr