CCCP - ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Ekspertize: Upravljanje kriznim stanjima

ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT

In preparation for Paris climate talks at the end of this year, disaster management is to be addressed by a team under the Croatian Climate Control Panel.  Here are the basic guidelines of what is to be done.  All comments and suggestions are welcome.

A couple of elementary sources of information about disaster or emergency management and crisis management can be found below.  The first concerns communities, while the second concerns organizations.  Both sources come from Wikipedia.  With due caution, the information provided is quite useful.  Here are the relevant URLs:

 

A. Disaster or Emergency Management - Communities

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_management

 

B. Crisis Management - Organizations

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crisis_management

 

By the way, “disaster” is a better term than “emergency” in the context of climate change.  The first term is more general, for it allows for repeating disasters like forest fires and floods, whereas the second makes sense with disasters like earthquakes.

 

One of the key ideas here is the disaster management cycle, which includes four phases: preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation.  This cycle is repeated indefinitely.  The community facing disasters continually learns in the process and adjusts to changing conditions it faces.

 

The most important aspect of disaster management is that it differs from one community to another.  Even neighboring communities may face very different challenges due to differences in size, location, financial and other resources, and so on.  Therefore, disaster management needs to be addressed by each and every community separately and independently.  The only common feature is the set of general principles.  However, they are useful as a starting point in the disaster management cycle.

 

Returning to CCCP, the team concerned with disaster management can prepare a short document along the lines of Wikipedia entries above and post it on the CCCP website.  It could provide links to relevant websites on the World Wide Web, but it should not be longer than a few pages or about a couple of thousand words.  This document can be prepared in English so as to be of use at the Paris climate talks, but it can also be translated into the languages of all the nations that will be working together under the CCCP umbrella.  As an objective for the disaster management team, this appears to be both viable and useful in the long run.

 

Again, all comments and suggestions are welcome.

 

Ranko Bon

 

CCCP Disaster Management Team Coordinator

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rbon07 | 12.02.2015. 8:07

Let me add a few links in Croatian.  The first is the Wikipedia
entry dealing with disaster management, which is along the lines
of the English entry:

http://hr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upravljanje_u_kriznim_situacijama

The second is the web address of the Office for Emergency
Management attached to the administration of the city of Zagreb
(the URL looks a bit funny, but here it is):

http://www.zagreb.hr/default.aspx?id=2700

And the third is a postgraduate program in emergency management
at the university of Zagreb, which contains the names of a
number of academics dealing with the subject:

http://www.unizg.hr/istrazivanje/specijalisticki-studiji/sveucilisni-interdisciplinarni-specijalisticki-studiji/upravljanje-krizama/

Any other information of this kind that is available on the World
Wide Web would be useful in preparation for the Paris climate
talks.  Feel free to add to this stream anything that seems
relevant.