This project, led by Westmorland & Furness Council (previously Cumbria Council), will investigate the scaling of a digital tool (VIPER) for the rapid identification of vulnerable households by emergency teams during a crisis. The tool was developed by Cumbria’s Local Resilience Forum to be used by regional partners and will replace manual, inefficient, paper-driven processes.
The key requirement is to be able to access the tool across a wide range of agencies at an input (data processing) and output (welfare check) level, as there may be multiple agencies working across an incident.
The property profile basis of VIPER also ensures that there are very limited GDPR concerns.
The ability to map properties on any geographic scale provides quick and concise situational awareness for agencies in a crisis. This reduces the risk of lives being lost, or casualties being created, among the most vulnerable during a major incident.