It’s early days yet in the production of the next edition of the Crisis Response Journal, which is published in October, but we already have a great line-up of articles and themes. Here’s a sneak preview of what is planned, writes Emily Hough.
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Bear in mind that there’s some truly exciting articles that are, as yet, not carefully filed away for editing and, as such, we don't want to talk about them just yet! What is certain, however, is that we will be taking a look at the major global risks that the world is currently facing – spanning geopolitical, political and social aspects – how we can tackle them and whether technology can help. This links in to our analysis of the UN’s Global Assessment Report. How should our leaders, governments, businesses and communities react to these risks? CRJ will be examining governance itself, as well as how the emergency management sector needs to work on building greater influence over strategic leadership.
On the more practical side, we will be examining the long-term recovery of a US community that was devastated by a hurricane and will present lessons learnt from last year’s horrific Greek wildfire, written by those who were charged with writing the official report for the Greek Government.
Climate, as always, is a constant strand throughout this edition’s narrative, including an interview by Claire Sanders with a prominent international expert in water security, examining the link between water availability and conflict and the role of technology to address these issues. CRJ also takes a look at the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report.
In addition, we will feature more immediate, human threats by examining terrorism, countering violent extremism in Belgium, blackmail and public communication during terrorist attacks. Indeed, communication in all forms will be covered in depth, whether from a StratCom perspective, or reputation management in the private sector.
Two other noteworthy features include health and how disaster medicine is at the heart of disaster risk reduction, along with lessons learnt from Australia’s thunderstorm asthma and how to manage emergency health surges in call processing and resource allocation. This ties in with an examination of how the Republic of Georgia is transforming its emergency number system. The second feature is on animals in disaster and includes some unusual case studies of how animals are helping veterans and emergency responders overcome PTSD.
The edition will also look at human factors and performance, smart cities and disaster governance and aid – both from a security and legal perspective.
And all this is just a very, very rough outline of the next edition of the Crisis Response Journal. There’s so much more, but we just can’t tell you yet!
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