TACTIC reports on the epidemics and earthquakes workshops now available online

Last month Northumbria University (UoN) and Middle East Technical University (METU) submitted reports on their case studies for epidemics and earthquakes.

UoN are responsible for the case study addressing preparedness for epidemics in the United Kingdom focused on the 2001 Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD). The workshop for this case study was held in Penrith, Cumbria (UK) on 31 March 2015. The report (Deliverable 6.1) first provides an overview of the 2001 FMD outbreak before moving on to outline the workshop objectives, participants, structure and findings. The key lessons identified in the report include how successful voluntary organisations can be used as case studies for lessons learnt regarding good practices for identifying and addressing communication needs during an epidemic, and the value of hosting social events in affected areas following the crisis.

METU’s case study focuses on individual, community and organisational preparedness to earthquakes and secondary hazards resulting from earthquakes (e.g., fires) in Kaynaşlı (Turkey), which was hit by the 1999 earthquake. The case study workshop on preparedness for earthquakes took place in Kaynaşlı on 26 March 2015. The report (Deliverable 7.1) provides an overview of the first workshop, the case study area and the risk governance setting, summarises the findings of 20 in-depth interviews with stakeholders from the case study area conducted before the workshop and details the activities undertaken in the workshop and the respective findings. The workshop findings highlighted the requirement for continuous education and training for both the community and institutions in order to further increase awareness in Kaynaşlı.

UoN and METU will be hosting the second workshops for their case studies in November 2015. For information and updates, please subscribe to the TACTIC mailing list.