Crisis Management Event Tackles Communications, Volunteer Themes
Thursday, July 25, 2019 | Comments

The fourth annual Innovation for Crisis Management (I4CM) event, an outcome of the DRIVER+ project, was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, 12 – 13 June with more than 120 participants from 27 different countries. Volunteer management in a crisis situation was a theme, with special attention paid to issues around organized volunteers and psychosocial support to volunteers.

Participants had the opportunity to listen to speeches from on-the-ground practitioners and volunteers, participate in panel and workshop sessions, and become informed about the latest initiatives in the field of crisis management and disaster response. Nana Wiedemann, director of the Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), emphasized in her keynote speech the duty of care towards volunteers.

“It is important to remind the crucial role of volunteers in disaster response and to inform people working in the field about the tools that are available to better support these volunteers,” said Wiedemann.

The I4CM event also allowed delegates to learn more about the DRIVER+ project and its practical outcomes. Sessions presenting the trials, pan-European test bed, sustainability objective of the project through the setting of centers of expertise (COEs) and the Crisis Management Innovation Network Europe (CMINE) were outlined.

“The CMINE has been expanding fast since its creation last December, and we wanted to harness the I4CM and the stakeholders involved to keep the momentum going,” said Andreas Seipelt from ARTTIC, external cooperation manager of DRIVER+. “The two CMINE workshops on floods and volunteer management were extremely valuable in terms of exchanges and inputs received and will feed onto the CMINE base of knowledge. The CMINE online platform will be a key element to foster innovation and build the community.”

A marketplace provided an opportunity for solution providers in the field of crisis management to showcase their results and products.

“I4CM events are always a great opportunity to meet crisis management stakeholders and raise awareness about new initiatives in the field,” said David Lund from Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE). “As coordinator of the BroadWay project, this allowed us to engage with new suppliers and make precious contacts.”

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