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18.06.-25.06.2018 Indian project partners in Berlin

The Indian project partners of INVOLVE are currently visiting Berlin from 18.06. until 25.06.2018. The Indian delegation consists of representatives of Indian disaster management, especially fire services from Bangaluru. In addition to the observation of a fire brigade exercise, a joint project meeting with all Indian and German project partners is planned.

Participants from Bengaluru:

Dr. Jija M Harisingh IPS (DGP (Retd.), FES. HG, CD Visiting Schientist, CisTUP, IISc)
SRI M. N. Reddi IPS (DGP & Commandant General, Home Guards, Director, Civil Defence, Director General, Fire & Emergency Services & State Disaster Response Force)
SRI Sunil Agarwal IPS (ADGP & ADG, Karnataka State Fire & Emergency Services)
SRI K. U. Ramesh (Director Karnataka State Fire & Emergency Services)
SRI P.R.S. Chetan (Officer Commanding Civil Devence)

16.5. – 18.5.2018 DRU participates Workshop “From Data to Resilience”

The DRU researchers Dr. Cordula Dittmer and Jessica Reiter presented the results of the INVOLVE flood study in the at the workshop “From Data to Resilience“ in Bielefeld.

The aim of the workshop was a Germany-wide exchange between scientists working on flood risks and resilience. The workshop took place from May 16 until May 18 in Bielefeld and was organized by the Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ) and the FH Bielefeld. The aim was to identify common ongoing and future research priorities as well as potential collaboration opportunities.

10/6 – 15/09/2018 Exhibition “Was(ser) bleibt? – Local and scientific perspectives on the flood 2013 in the Elbe-Havel-Land”

On 10/06/2018 the exhibition “Was(ser) bleibt? – Local and scientific perspectives on the flood 2013 in the Elbe-Havel-Land” opens. The exhibition will be shown in two different locations:

Kreis Museum Jerichower Land
Mützelstraße 22, 39307 Genthin

June 10 to July 11, 2018
Opening: 10th June 2018, 2pm

Otto-von-Bismark-Stiftung Schönhausen
Kirchberg 4-5, 39524 Schaffhausen (Elbe)

July 14 to September 15, 2018
Opening: 14th July 2018, 2pm

The study presents results of the flood study of the research project Involve to the general public.

Flyer Was(ser) bleibt? Image Credit: KFS

27.04.2018 DRU published two new Working Paper

Further research results were published in two new DRU Working Paper and are available online :

Voss, Martin; Dittmer, Cordula; Reiter, Jessica (2018): Transdisziplinäre Integrative Vulnerabilitäts- und Resilienzbewertung (TIV). Theoretische und Methodologische Grundlagen. KFS Working Paper Nr. 5. Berlin: KFS. Download

Schmersal, Elsa; Voss, Martin (2018): Erklärung und Sinnstiftung nach dem Elbehochwasser 2013. Narrationen von Betroffenheit, Bewältigung und Verantwortlichkeit. KFS Working Paper Nr. 11. Berlin: KFS. Download

26.03.2018 DRU at the NEEDS2018 Conference in Amsterdam

The DRU members Daniel F. Lorenz and Cordula Dittmer participated in the Third Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies (NEEDS2018) in Amsterdam from 21-23. March. As part of the conference, they organized a panel on floods (Dealing With And Preparing For Floods – Conflicts, Opportunities And Challenges, together with Nina Blom Anderson) and gave a presentation about  “(Post) Colonial Power Relations in Research Disasters”.

20.02.2018 The research report “The 2013 Flood in the community of Elbe-Havel-Land in the eyes of the population.” is now available in Englisch

The research report “The 2013 Flood in the community of Elbe-Havel-Land in the eyes of the population.” is now available in Englisch.

Download: Reiter, Jessica; Wenzel, Bettina; Dittmer, Cordula; Lorenz, Daniel F.; Voss, Martin (2018): The 2013 flood in the community of Elbe-Havel-Land in the eyes of the population. Research report of the quantitative survey. KFS Working Paper 08. Berlin: KFS.

Abstract
During the 2013 European floods, the municipalities of the Elbe-Havel-Land in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, were flooded after the water masses of the Elbe River caused a dike to break; houses, streets and plots of land were destroyed. This report, based on the results of a quantitative survey carried out three years after the event, shines light on the effects of the 2013 Flood, and how well, according to the perception of residents, the disaster has been dealt with. Based on personally experienced material and immaterial impacts and on the state of psychological recuperation, we highlight the need for further support needed, identify what kinds of aid have been missing, and illustrate the relative importance of different actors throughout the disaster. The results indicate that the need for assistance varies especially with regard to time, that after-effects continued to linger at the time of questioning, and that accordingly there is a continued need for support.
Keywords: 2013 European floods, quantitative survey, need for support, impact on living conditions

 

 

17.02.2018 Training evaluations

On 17 February the training modules on “Networking” were conducted for the first time. The modules were developed by the Research Group Intercultural and complex Working Worlds (FinKa) in cooperation with the German Red Cross and are part of the training for volunteers of the German Red Cross. To optimize the modules, a team of employees from the Disaster Research Unit (DRU) FinKa and the GRC General Secretariat evaluated the seminar through observations, participant surveys and discussions in order to optimize the training.

21.09.2017 The research report “The 2013 Flood in the community of Elbe-Havel-Land in the eyes of the population.” has been published.

The research report “The 2013 Flood in the community of Elbe-Havel-Land in the eyes of the population.” has been published.

During the 2013 European floods, the municipalities of the Elbe-Havel-Land in Saxony-Anhalt were flooded after mass of water of the Elbe River caused a levee to break; houses, streets and plots of land were destroyed. This report, based on the results of a quantitative survey carried out three years after the event, shines light on the effects of the 2013 Flood, and how well, according to the perception of residents, the disaster has been dealt with. Based on personally experienced material and immaterial impacts and on the state of psychological recuperation, we highlight the need for further support needed, identify what kinds of aid have been missing, and illustrate the relative importance of different actors throughout the disaster. The results indicate that the need for assistance varies especially with regard to time, that after-effects continued to linger at the time of questioning, and that accordingly there is a continued need for support.