Workshops

The second TACTIC workshop on preparedness for epidemics will be held on 14th November 2015 in Shap, Cumbria, UK.

TACTIC will be joining up with the Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association for our second workshop on epidemic preparedness. The Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch Association will take place on Saturday the 14th of November at Shap Memorial Hall, Main Street, Shap CA10 3NL. The event will start with registration and coffee from 10.00 to 10.30 and a complementary buffet lunch will be provided.

TACTIC will be presenting alongside speakers including Lorrainne Smyth, Chief Executive of Action for Communities in Cumbria; Val Ayre, Senior Emergency Planning Officer with the Resilience Unit of Cumbria County Council and Michelle Skeer, Deputy Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary. Richard Rhodes, Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner will close the event and the High Sheriff of Cumbria, S A M Raynor esq, who will present the High Sheriff's Shield.

TACTIC will use the workshop opportunity to gain input on two self-assessments designed to: 1) Help organisations to evaluate and improve their risk communication addressing the risk of epidemics and 2) Support the general public in assessing and improving their preparedness for epidemics. To gather feedback on the online platform that hosts the self-assessments and catalogue of good practices. And to receive feedback on a catalogue of good practices of communication and education.

The full programme will be issued shortly but if you would like to book your place now, please email Cheney Shreve at cheney.liu@northumbria.ac.uk to confirm your attendance or with questions.

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The second TACTIC workshop on preparedness for earthquakes will be held on 26th November 2015 in Kaynaşlı, Turkey.

The workshop, hosted by the Middle East Technical University (METU), aims to bring together representatives of public organisations from the local and regional levels responsible for earthquake risk management, representatives of non-governmental organizations and members of the community interested in preparing for earthquakes.

The objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Obtain feedback on the draft version of TACTIC’s two self-assessments designed to:  1) help organisations evaluate and improve their risk communication and education activities addressing the risk of earthquakes and 2) support the general public in assessing and improving their preparedness for earthquakes.
  • Receive feedback on a catalogue of good practices of communication and education for earthquake preparedness.
  • Present the current status of the online platform hosting  the self-assessments and the catalogue of good practices for learning about preparedness for large-scale and cross-border disasters and to receive feedback for improvements from the workshop participants
  • Discuss cross-border risk communication
  • Discuss potential cascading effects of earthquakes and how to respond to them.

This workshop is one of four follow-up workshops that are being held as part of the project’s case studies focusing on terrorism, floods, pandemics, and earthquakes. 

A draft of the agenda will be available soon.

For further information and to register your interest, please e-mail:canaydogulu@gmail.com , seerifee.yilmaz@gmail.com  or karanci@metu.edu.tr

Please feel free to share this information with any relevant contacts who you think would be interested in attending the workshop.

Participation in the workshop is free of charge. The workshop language will be Turkish.

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Second workshop on preparedness for terrorism in Europe held in London, UK on Tuesday 3rd November 2015

On 3 November 2015, Trilateral Research hosted the second workshop on preparedness for terrorism in Europe. The workshop focused on the large-scale risk of terrorism across Europe and included a cyber-terrorism scenario. Representatives of organisations responsible for managing the terrorist risk (e.g., the emergency services, charities, government officials), members of the community and volunteers from across Europe participated in the workshop. The workshop was used to;

  • Gain input and feedback on two self-assessments designed to: 1) Help organisations to evaluate and improve their risk communication addressing the risk of terrorism and 2) Support the general public in assessing and improving their preparedness for terrorism
  • Gather feedback on the online platform that hosts the self-assessments and catalogue of good practices
  • Receive feedback on a catalogue of good practices of communication and education

This workshop was one of four follow-up workshops that are being held as part of the project’s case studies focusing on terrorism, floods, pandemics and earthquakes. 

The agenda from 3 November can be found here.

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Second workshop on floods in Central Europe held in Bogatynia, Poland on Tuesday 27th October 2015

The Polish Institute of Meteorology and Water Management (IMGW), the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Saxon Flood Centre hosted the second workshop on Floods in Central Europe in Bogatynia, Poland. Bogatynia is located at the border between Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

The workshop focused on risk communication before, during, and after flood events. More than 30 representatives of organisations and science in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic tested and evaluated the TACTIC Online Self-Assessment Platform (TOSAP) during the morning session. The overall feedback was very positive and will help to refine the platform during the last stages of its development.

The afternoon session of the workshop was dedicated to discuss activities, needs, and routines of cross-border risk communication among the international participants. It was found that a lot of advances have been made during the last years and that - despite all language barriers - communication is functioning quite well in case of emergency. More attention in future could be given to better understanding the daily routines of organisations in the neighbouring countries in order to improve support between organisations generally and in case of emergency.

The last topic discussed with the workshop participants were cascading effects of flood events. It was found that organisations generally prepare for specific disasters such as floods, of which the effects can be anticipated. Preparing for additional cascading effects of various types is seen be too abstract and speculative. Thus, institutions rely on their general disaster preparedness activities, e.g. maintaining a strong local network, etc. to deal with secondary hazards when they occur.

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First workshop on preparedness for epidemics/pandemics in the UK held in Penrith, UK

As part of the TACTIC research project, on Tuesday 31st March 2015 from 11 AM-4 PM in Penrith, UK Northumbria University hosted its first workshop on preparedness for a ‘multi-hazard’ context in the UK. The workshop is one of four that was held as a part of the project’s case studies on terrorism, earthquakes, floods, and epidemics/pandemics. The first series of workshops engaged researchers and practitioners at the organisational and local government level and a second series of workshops will engage the local community, commencing in September-October 2015.

The workshops were used to:

  • Gain input and feedback on the development of an online learning and self-assessment tool for preparedness. This tool allows users to take a preparedness self-assessment either as a community member or as part of an organisation to assess their level of preparedness.
  • Receive feedback on a catalogue of good practices of communication and education for preparedness that serves as a cornerstone for the online learning platform.
  • Discuss potential hazard scenarios that can be used to shape the tool and enable a broad conceptualisation of preparedness.

This workshop in Penrith focused on epidemic/pandemic scenarios in the UK and on the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in particular (what happened; how was it managed; what lessons have we learned). The workshop used that example as the basis for examining what lessons can be applied to preparedness for other, similarly complex, epidemic/pandemic situations.

This first workshop focused on :

  • Anyone/any organization previously involved in the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak;
  • Anyone/any organization with an interest or responsibility for preparedness planning for epidemics/pandemics;
  • Local community or faith based organizations or charities with an interest in preparing local communities for a range of risks;
  • Local business or land owners with an interest in hazard preparedness planning;
  • Local media or news organisations with an interest in hazard preparedness 

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First workshop on preparedness for earthquakes in Turkey held in Kaynasli, Turkey

Middle East Technical University (METU) hosted the first workshop on preparedness for earthquakes in Turkey on 26 March 2015. The workshop was held in Kaynasli, Duzce (Turkey) and focused particularly on the risk of earthquakes in Kaynasli. Government officials from the local and regional level responsible for managing earthquakes as well as representatives from emergency and non-governmental organizations participated.

The aims of the workshop were:

  • To optimize the usability of the community preparedness self-assessment focusing on communication and education developed so far in TACTIC by gaining feedback and advice of practitioners
  • Receive feedback on a catalogue of good practices of communication and education for preparedness and to identify the types of material and practices required to increase preparedness to earthquakes
  • Present the current status of a training and learning web-based platform for learning about preparedness for large-scale and cross-border disasters and to receive feedback for improvements from the workshop participants

A copy of the agenda can be found here. A presentation (in Turkish) given during the workshop can be found here.

The workshop language was in Turkish.

A second workshop on case study earthquakes will be held in November 2015.

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First workshop on preparedness for floods in Central Europe held in Ostritz, Germany

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology hosted the first workshop on preparedness for floods in Central Europe on 5 March 2015. The workshop was held in Ostritz/Kloster St. Marienthal (Germany) and focused particularly on the risk of floods in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland. Government officials from the local and regional level responsible for managing floods, representatives from emergency services and local residents were invited.

The aims of the workshop were:

  • To optimize the usability of the community preparedness self-assessment focusing on communication and education developed so far in TACTIC by gaining feedback and advice of practitioners
  • Receive feedback on a catalogue of good practices of communication and education for preparedness and to identify the types of material and practices required to increase preparedness to floods
  • Present the current status of a training and learning web-based platform for learning about preparedness for large-scale and cross-border disasters and to receive feedback for improvements from the workshop participants

On the eve of the workshop (4 March 2015) there was a keynote speech of about 90 minutes. A speaker of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) presented the results of a household survey.  This event provided an opportunity to learn more about people´s flood experiences in the regions Neiße and Upper Silesia.

A second workshop on case study floods will be held, commencing October 2015.

A copy of the agenda from the 5 March can be found here

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10 February 2015: First workshop on preparedness for terrorism in Europe held in London, UK

On 10 February 2015, Trilateral Research and Consulting hosted the first workshop on preparedness for terrorism in Europe, with a particular focus on London.  The workshop aimed to bring together members of the London community that may be affected by the risk of terrorism, including representatives of organisations responsible for managing the terrorist risk (e.g., the emergency services, charities, government officials, etc.,), local residents and business.  The workshop was one of four initially being held as part of the project’s case studies focusing on terrorism, floods, pandemics and earthquakes.  A second series of workshops will be held, commencing October 2015.  The objectives of the workshops are to;

  • Gain input and feedback on the development of a community preparedness self-assessment, enabling communities to assess how prepared they are
  • Receive feedback on a catalogue of good practices of communication and education for preparedness and to identify the types of material and practices required to increase preparedness
  • Gain input into the development of a training and learning web-based platform for learning about preparedness for large-scale and cross-border disasters

A copy of the agenda from the day can be found here.

The introductory presentation by Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, can be found here.

The presentation on the terrorism case study by Trilateral Research & Consulting can be found here.

For further information on the work that is being carried out as part of the TACTIC project, please visit our research page

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13-14 October, 2014: Workshop on good practices in disaster preparedness at IMGW-PIB, Krakau, Poland.

The aim of the Krakow Expert Workshop was to bring together a range of experts from the fields of risk communication and preparedness whose work focuses on a range of hazards to discuss these preliminary findings of the TACTIC project. The workshop had three overarching objectives:

  • To define key elements/components of community preparedness
  • Identify ways in which these elements/components of community preparedness can be evaluated
  • Collect examples of (good) practices that could improve the elements/components of preparedness and therefore community preparedness

The results of this workshop will help to link the work carried out in WP1 (risk perception and preparedness), WP2 (community preparedness self-assessment), and WP3 (preparedness communication and education practices and materials). The findings of these WPs will be presented in the community preparedness self-assessment (WP2) which will be further tested and developed through the case studies (WP4-7). The concrete outcomes of this process will be available for end users as part of a long-term learning framework (WP8) presented through an online learning platform (WP9). Further information on our planned work can be found by visiting our research page.

The full version of the workshop minutes can be found here.

A summary of the minutes from the workshop can be found here.

The annexes, including presentations from the workshop, can be found here.

 

 

 

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