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.

- 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

b.Focus on credibility and resilience.

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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Hosted by DAREnet and EUSDR PA5 DMWG Dates: 24.11.2020 & 02.12.2020

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This years Practitioner Forum will focus on the subject of "Training". The forum will introduce selected innovative approaches from practitioner organisations from the Danube Region with the aims to facilitate discussions about solutions, challenges and needs between experts and stakeholders, also to generate project ideas.

Two subjects will be tackled in 40 minutes long break-out sessions:

Session 1: Training of spontaneous volunteers and professional responders

Objectives of Session 1:

  • trigger discussion between different organisations about their approaches towards the training of volunteer and professional responders
  • identify good practices and training methods to improve training efficiency for spontaneous / trained responders
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Session 2: National, regional and international trainings

Objectives of Session 2:

  • share practices and experience regarding the different training approaches at national, regional, international level;
  • trigger discussion about regional level disaster preparedness and response activities, compared to national and international systems
  • identify good practices at national and international trainings which can be implemented at regional level
  • exchange ideas about potential standardized training requirements at regional level