A new policy briefing, Strengthening Societal Resilience to Disasters: Improving Engagement and Communication among Citizens and Authorities, has been developed through the societal resilience cluster; a multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary collaboration between 9 Horizon 2020 research projects (LINKS, ENGAGE, RiskPACC, CORE, MEDIATE, PARATUS, BuildERS, RESILOC, and DIRECTED).

The document highlights the advantages of a comprehensive approach involving all sectors of society in managing disasters. It cites examples from Japan and Italy to support promoting societal inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), to establish a culture of risk prevention, aligning with the Sendai Framework and the EU’s Disaster Resilience Goals. Main points include:

At the local level:

  • Encouraging people to participate in dedicated events and learning opportunities to build competency and knowledge.
  • Developing strategies to strengthen community support networks.
  • Establishing two-way communication channels between the public and officials.
  • Supporting local initiatives to build preparedness capabilities.
  • Working with local leaders to ensure that local communication needs are understood.

At the strategic level:

  • Allocating resources for participatory engagement.
  • Promoting and allocating resources to inclusive communications.
  • Reviewing doctrine to include the contributions of local populations.
  • Implementing policies to ensure that communications are accessible and inclusive for all.

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