The Elbe Flooding Disasters in 2020, 2006 and 2013 with severe impacts on societally disadvantaged people in Dresden city and non-urban neighbourhoods.

This case study will look into the Elbe Flooding Disasters in 2020, 2006 and 2013 and the  neglect for social capital and social marginalization caused by authorities’ lack of societal knowledge.

Type of disaster addressed: Damage of critical lifelines and severe impacts on relatively disadvantaged people due to being left behind in provision of relief and rescue services. 
Type of danger addressed: toppage of health care services, food supply, evacuation and information provision to highly marginalized and socially impaired social groups. High likelihood of life loss and health dangers for highly disadvantaged people.

Other groups / communities: All affected population, volunteers helping the most-needy groups under severe life-threatening emergencies, marginalized societal groups.

Tools or technologies used: Usage of social media information process, organizational learning.
Method of analysis: Personal interviews, scrutiny of public reports, press articles and the existing research studies, workshops
Real-life condition: By focusing exactly on societal groups and individuals who have been excluded from the prior research probes this case will reveal the striking neglect for social capital and social marginalization caused by authorities’ lack of societal knowledge.

Innovation outcomes: Improved normative and practical operations and planning procedures, practical value added by exposing the need for protection of those left behind by the authorities. Re-assessment of existing state of knowledge on effective rescue provision. Exposing the complex interdependencies on which social capital depends. 

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