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Crisis communication wiki and forum launched at IDRC 2014

During the recent 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) in Davos a crisis communication wiki for professionals and an online discussion forum were launched. These are both free and open online platforms which are outcomes of the project Public Empowerment Policies for Crisis Management (PEP) which aims to enhance community resilience.

Awareness of the need for community approaches to reducing risks is high, however response organizations need crisis communication competence to co-create safety and disaster response policies and arrangements with their public stakeholder groups. Insights and inspiring examples can now be found in the newly launched crisis communication wiki.

The PEP discussion forum focuses on directions for future research and on the implementation of public empowerment policies for crisis management. Crisis management and communication experts are invited to take part in the discussions. Their input will help make a road map with directions for future research and implementation, including the use of social media and mobile services to further public preparedness and response.

PEP focuses mainly on preparedness for natural disasters and pandemics. These kinds of crises call for the engagement of citizens and other stakeholders in preparedness activities. The collaboration of citizen groups and local companies in cooperation with response organizations focuses on the kinds of hazards that are prone to happen in a particular region.

The PEP-project is a collaboration of five teams of researchers from 1st January 2012 to 31st December 2014.The project is coordinated by the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland (consortium coordinator Prof. M. Vos) and is based on extensive ground work by research teams from Global Risk Forum, Switzerland; Mid Sweden University, Sweden; Inconnect, the Netherlands; Emergency Services College, Finland and University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. The PEP-project has been funded as part of the European Community’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2012–2015) under grant agreement n° 284927.

The wiki and the forum are available via www.projectPEP.eu

•Date: 29th August 2014 • Europe/UK •Type: Article • Topic: Crisis communications

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