This project sets out to identify examples of good practice for public communicatioCascEffn during both natural and human-made crises. It will focus on how citizen and professional journalists have contributed to the information flows that emerge during such incidents. A series of European case studies such as the Floods in South-West England (UK), the Project X Haren riot (The Netherlands), and the Pukkelpop Festival disaster (Belgium) will be examined as part of this study. The Sheffield team will draw on this research to develop a series of bespoke communication strategies for all relevant agencies (including police and fire and rescue services) involved in the management of these incidents. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement No 607665.’ It is part of “CascEff: Modelling of dependencies and cascading effects for emergency management in crisis situations,” which will examine the “cascading” effects of both natural and human disasters – where an initial incident can snowball, potentially threatening lives, property and the environment across large areas.
Find out more at the project's website here.