The TACTIC project contributes to protecting citizens from threats resulting from crisis situations, including terrorism and natural disasters by assisting decision-makers, emergency managers, local authorities and importantly, local communities in being able to better prepare for large scale and cross-border crisis (including multi-hazard) and disaster situations. Crucially, our research activities will help ensure that community risk awareness is raised, and that the “needs” of European communities are identified and managed.
In addition to that, the project will provide recommendations to stakeholders for future policy initiatives in enhancing communities’ preparedness to large scale, cross-border disasters. It will also positively influence citizens’ preparedness by incorporating the public into its training curriculum, which emphasises long-term preparedness in its learning framework. As such, it will improve the communication between authorities and members of the public in crisis situations and raise public awareness around threats.
Against the background of these challenges, the overall objectives of TACTIC are to:
- Identify factors that lead to a better understanding of how risk perception affects whether individuals take preparedness actions or not as well as identify good practices of existing preparedness programmes that are particularly effective in regards to encouraging preparedness actions to large-scale and cross-border disasters and crises;
- Develop a participatory multi-hazard community preparedness self-assessment that allows communities (e.g. organisations responsible for disaster risk management as well as local actors (the public, NGOs, etc.) exposed to various risks to assess how prepared they are or feel to a range of hazards;
- Develop demand-oriented preparedness communication and education material and practices with an emphasis on large-scale and cross-border disasters and crises (including training curricula and tools) that are based on and designed for the expectations of different communities and their different needs;
- Develop, test and validate the community preparedness self-assessment as well as its preparedness communication and education material and practices in a collaborative and co-productive way by involving various stakeholders from science, policy-making, administration and civil society operating in the field of terrorism, natural disasters (e.g. floods and earthquakes) and epidemics; and
- Synthesise the central output and insights of the project within a long-term learning framework for improving community preparedness to a wide range of hazards. This framework includes the community preparedness self-assessment as well as the preparedness communication and education material and practices. It will also include indicators to evaluate the overall quality of the process as well as the outcome of the process. The framework will be presented by means of a publicly accessible, user-friendly interactive and web-based platform.