Community involvement

 Raise society’s resilience (citizens and industry) by communicating and/or instructing how to be well-prepared for a crisis and how to behave when a crisis event occurs.

The programs should focus on the direct meeting of rescuers with residents to address fire safety issues within their homes with a proactive approach to help prevent fires and damage to people and property related to fires.

To be able to reach the community involvement we should develop public self-protection to minimize responders’ exposure, involving communities in preparing population for the worst scenario before it happens, for low frequency high impact situations. It is important to foster a cultural change in risk while increasing tolerance and resilience to it. 

 

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               Conceptual compilation of the results collected in 2018 2019 during Fire-in workshops about Community involvement 
High Flow of Responders in Hostile EnvironmentHigh Impact, Low Frequency Emergencies     Multi-agency / Multi leadership EnvironmentHigh Level of Uncertainty
Develop public self-protection to minimize responders’ exposure.    Involve communities in preparing population for the worst scenario before it happens, for low frequency, high impact. Cultural change in risk tolerance and resilience.


1.Self-protection
- Focus on prevention, self-protection and risk
awareness of population.
- Encourage self-protection measures.


2. Train/educate/inform:
- General population.
- Adressing all phases and levels of emergency
- Provide decision making tools


3. Negotiate/agree: on accepted risk and self protection measures
- with public and private stakeholders
- mandatory exercises financed by the owners of high risk activities

1. Change of paradigma:
a. From ’We, authorities, will protect you’ to ‘You, citizen, should be actively involved’. These affirmations mean:- be prepared to be self-sufficient inside the framework of the emergency.-be used to this sort of situations.

b. Educate kids and the young ones.

c. Explain clearly that responders cannot protect everybody in case of major incident. Self-protection and prevention are keys.


2. Build trust: Build trust involving communities and key stakeholders in risk management permanently.

3. Emergency messages:
a. Perform, manage and consider:

- Communication campaigns targeted to specific communities.

- Multi-language apps, with standardized symbology.

- Community’s lessons learnt by past disasters, collective memory, community’s values.

b. Manage and involve mass media. Perform training on means formass information.

c. Massive alerts to population.


4. Population:
a. involvement of volunteers and other civil society members in the emergency.

b. Identify key stakeholders and increase their understanding:- those with power to create opinion- those that take key decisions

1. Emergency messages:
Unify messages (of alert)directed towards public,between agencies, regionsand countries

1. Change of culture:
a.Encourage the change culture of risk:
-Educating children and the young ones.
-In an integrated way.
-Understanding how risks could affect the citizens, assuming the implications of their own decisions.
-Transforming the memory of historical catastrophes in values.
-Training/educating the next generation of technicians that will take.
-Broadening the scope of the first-responders towards the proactive management of risk.


b.Use all opportunities for cultural changes in risk awareness and policies.


2.Emergency messages:
a.Communication in uncertain events has to be prepared, trained and stakeholders should be
involved.


b.Focus on credibility and resilience.


3.Population:
a.Empower communities and stakeholders.
Recognize and partner with existing civil-society
initiatives addressing critical issues.


b.Reach those with no trust in government
authorities through non-governmental stakeholders.

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