Displacement from one's own home after a natural disaster: who are the most vulnerable to psychological distress?
Displacement from one's own home after a natural disaster: who are the most vulnerable to psychological distress?

When the Earth stops shaking, the survivors begin their journey back to lost normality. This blog will present an analysis focused on the post-earthquake emergency phase's psychological implications in the elderly, adolescents, and children populations.

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction: How to enhance resilience of populations at local and national level
International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction: How to enhance resilience of populations at local and national level
A few days ago, on the 13th of October, we all celebrated the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction acknowledging the importance of protecting lives, livelihoods and health and eliminating disaster risks – targets which are fully aligned with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan in March 2015.
 Localised emergency alerting via messages and apps
Localised emergency alerting via messages and apps

There is a saying in Finland claiming that an accident does not come with a bell on its neck, but with mobile phones and the possibility to send real-time, localized alerts to people in the affected area, the impact of emergencies may be reduced significantly. 

Citizen Initiatives around the world - Supporting people during Covid-19 pandemic
Citizen Initiatives around the world - Supporting people during Covid-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has brought truly unprecedented times that no one could foresee. Overnight, the world as we knew it, changed! As the coronavirus started to spread and jump, many who were travelling abroad quickly reshuffled their plans to return home to family members and loved ones.

Social media influencers – can they increase awareness of a crisis?
Social media influencers – can they increase awareness of a crisis?

People receive and share information with other like-minded individuals. They do it intentionally and with the encouragement of technology, like search engines and cookies. Some even claim, that we live in “information bubbles”.

Vulnerability and Resilience
Vulnerability and Resilience

Events like the COVID-19 pandemic or the cyclone Amphan hitting India and Bangladesh in May 2020, as the most recent extreme weather events, regularly spur a discussion which revolves around the terms vulnerability, risk groups and resilience. The research project BuildERS took up this debate, since it aims to increase the resilience of European communities.

Vulnerability during COVID-19: Spotlight on Homelessness
Vulnerability during COVID-19: Spotlight on Homelessness

Who is vulnerable?

When we think about which people are vulnerable during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the most vulnerable seem to clearly be groups such as the elderly and immunocompromised. While it is undoubtedly true that these groups suffer disproportionately from the effects of COVID-19, there are other groups that have experienced extreme hardship during the crisis who have not been adequately considered in emergency planning and response.

Man-made disasters: The case of Chernobyl and its impact on the local populations
Man-made disasters: The case of Chernobyl and its impact on the local populations

You may hear about natural disasters often, but some of the deadliest disasters in world history have been caused by human activities. And, this is the case of Chernobyl.

COVID-19 and the BuildERS Project: taking stock and looking forward
COVID-19 and the BuildERS Project: taking stock and looking forward

Less than one year after the start of the BuildERS project, the corona virus emerged in China in December 2019 and quickly spread across the world. All countries are now affected and our societies are undergoing major changes. We are moving towards a ‘new normal’, not only in the weeks and months ahead but also in the years to come. From the way we move and interact socially, to our views on solidarity and the welfare state, key questions are currently in flux. 

Understanding ‘viral’ communication in times of virus outbreak
Understanding ‘viral’ communication in times of virus outbreak

The outbreak of a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is not only an epidemiological problem, but goes wide and deep into our everyday lives. People are distressed, stock-markets tumble, and restrictions on social gatherings and movement affect millions of people globally. Such reactions pose questions about the mechanisms behind the social and economic outcomes of the pandemic

How to build resilience against extreme weather events? Tips for people at risk
How to build resilience against extreme weather events? Tips for people at risk

Today, almost 50% of the European population lives in coastal areas with coastal infrastructure worth approximately 200 billion EURO. Over the past centuries, Europe has been experiencing catastrophic weather events which clearly demonstrated the vulnerability of those zones.

World Tsunami Awareness Day – How better infrastructure and preparedness saves lives
World Tsunami Awareness Day – How better infrastructure and preparedness saves lives

In a global scale, many megacities are located along with the coastal areas with high seismic potential and a great number of people migrate to those metropolitan centres for economic purposes. As migration is increasing, the demand for resilient infrastructure is considered as a great necessity and priority. According to recent numbers, over 700 million people live in low-lying coastal areas and small island developing states exposed to extreme sea-level events including tsunamis.