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CRJ 13:2 out now - here's what's coming up, and details of how to subscribe

Posted on 9th February 2018 at 08:38am

The next issue of the Crisis Response Journal is published and will be mailed to subscribers next week (click here for details on how to subscribe).

It explores several themes, including: Community and organisational resilience in times of crisis and disaster; global disaster risk reduction developments in terms of monitoring and funding; how counterfeit goods can not only be dangerous, but help to fund criminal activities deleterious to society; 'fake' news versus deliberate misinformation and propaganda; psychological trauma - from surviving a mass casualty attack, to dealing with the societal effects of conflict, the long-term effects of prolonged societal trauma, and trauma in the workplace. 

The issue also examines crises in critical infrastrucure, business resiience and continuity planning and gender parity in business continuity management. 

Here's a complete list of 13:2's content:

Overcoming fear: Harnessing the power of people

Matt Minshall examines how to instil fortitude and resilience – rather than sapping fear and terror – in the public mindset

Preparing for the Dragon

Why do people fear cardiac arrest over terrorism, when the former is more statistically more likely to affect them? Allan Jones asks whether attitudes have been influenced by social media and media coverage that heighten fear

Learning in safety: School security

Brian Dillon says that holistic contingency planning in school’s emergency procedures must address risk across the entire threat landscape, from trespass or aggressive behaviour, through to violence and terrorism

Disasters and the workplace

Hollis Stambaugh discusses actions that can prevent deaths, injuries and financial loss caused by disasters such as floods, fires, active shooters and terrorist attacks

Earthquake response in Iran

Behrouz Moghadassi presents a first analysis of the response to the earthquake of November 12, 2017, which killed more than 800 people in Iran

How to break the cycle of wildfires in California?

The state of California’s history is written in fire, with each decade marked by losses of life, property and landscape, following a predictable, cyclical pattern. Now is the time, contends Bill Peterson, to see fire management as a societal and political issue

Call for a Disasters Inspectorate in the UK

Alex Thompson and Helen Turner say that a governmental inspectorate for this area is overdue after the Grenfell Tower fire

Airport firefighting in Mongolia

Peter McMahon describes recent intensive emergency response training for teams at Khanbumbat Airport in Mongolia

Arctic search and rescue for mass rescue operations

Operations in remote polar regions can be extremely challenging and demanding at the best of times, and even more so when this involves a mass rescue. As sea ice records continue to be broken, the potential for more incidents is increasing, writes Martin Boyle

Reducing risk requires robust data

As global commitments on data and monitoring are converted into action, a transformation on risk knowledge is taking place, say Sebastien Penzini, Rosalind Cook and Paola Albrito of the UNISDR, as they report on the launch of the new Sendai Monitoring Process

Disasters and opportunities

Whatever the global consensus on sustainability and disaster risk reduction, the funding gap is what prevents noble concerns from becoming concrete achievements. Paolo Garonna, Secretary General of the Italian Banking, Insurance and Finance Federation, explores novel shifts in bridging this chasm when it comes to private investment in sustainability and resilience

Disaster risk reduction technology

Vladimir Kuvshinov of the International Civil Defence Organisation describes how a network of International Monitoring and Co-ordination Centres is planned around the world

One city’s road to resilience

Greater Manchester in the UK has been working with 100 Resilient Cities, the initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Chief Resilience Officer Kathy Oldham outlines the journey

How safe are the products you buy?

Counterfeit goods and products can kill or injure, says Jason Daniels of UL. It’s also a fact that the manufacture, sale and distribution of counterfeit goods fund organised criminal entities, including terrorism

Normalising the unthinkable

What stands out in an analysis of fake news, according to Casey Brunelle, is the socio-political environment in which, for the first time in history, the capability to conceptualise, produce and disseminate demonstrably false information for political purposes has been democratised to the lowest common denominator – that of the individual

Cutting ‘fake’ news down to size

‘Fake news’ is neither a new phenomenon, nor as widespread you might believe, write Alasdair Dick and Kate Rawlins; the bigger issue, perhaps, is that of ‘misleading content’

Fake news and the art of war

With physical objects, the ability to detect fakes is supported by trademarks or testing marks. When it comes to information, there is no such source of truth, says David Stewart

Short and long-term perspectives on surviving a terrorist attack

Nils Petter Reinholdt presents work with a group of survivors in the immediate aftermath of the Utoya attack, and which was reconvened several years afterwards. How did long-term follow up work? In what way did their experiences affect their lives today? What experiences can they share?

Psychological first aid for immigrants

Emily Hough speaks to Alessandro Dibenedetto, a psychologist with the NGO Emergency, who works with newly-arrived immigrants in Sicily

Overcoming the trauma of conflict

Larissa Sotieva examines some of the long-term, generational effects of conflicts and other traumas that communities in Ukraine have experienced, along with providing details of projects that provide psychosocial support to help communities heal

Intergenerational trauma

Many populations facing chronic, complex trauma, whether in war-torn countries or living in poverty-struck urban neighbourhoods, show patterns of learned helplessness, says Dr Nadia Elkarra. No matter where we live, intergenerational trauma is an unspeakable pandemic that is plaguing many communities


Mental wellbeing in the workplace

Charlotte Copeland examines the re-emergence of psychological debriefing as an effective method for mitigating the after-effects of shock and trauma

Children and disaster resilience

It is vital to continue to talk about emergency response and resilience with marginalised and vulnerable communities, and crucial to do more with one of the most excluded and underestimated voices – those of children – say Laurie Gayle and Kelsey Smith

The Blue Whale Challenge – fact or myth?

Sites encouraging vulnerable youngsters to self harm or commit suicide are a sinister threat to both individuals and wider society, says Patrick McIlwee, who investigates some of the myths and realities of such websites, as well as possible solutions


Drug abuse and societal resilience: Tackling the source

The escalating opioid epidemic in many countries is considered by some to be a clear threat to societal resilience, says Lina Kolesnikova. And given that the organisations purveying illegal drugs are also often involved in human trafficking and the funding of terrorism, even greater risks to society are evident. How can this be addressed?

Gender parity in BCM

Chloe Demrovsky presents research aimed at achieving a better understanding of – and drawing attention to – the unique needs, interests and challenges of women in the professional field of business continuity management


Businesses and crisis

Most organisations would emphatically state that they are not planning to fail, according to Stuart Hughes. As this article will illustrate, if an organisation is failing to prepare for a crisis, then the outcome could well be the same

Don’t ignore infrastructure crisis warnings

Tony Jaques says that the 2017 fuel crisis in Auckland is a textbook case study of yet another problem consigned to the ‘too hard’ basket, arguing that important warning signs had been ignored by a number of organisations, including government

Community in disaster response

Jay Levinson and Abraham ‘Avi’ Domb describe an organisation in Israel that makes resources available to responders and disaster victims whenever needed

Innovation awards in Paris

In November 2017, Milipol Paris held its first international Innovation Awards ceremony, with the awards being presented by Editor in Chief of the CRJ, Emily Hough, who also helped to judge the categories. Here are the winners

Machine-learning and open source response

Open source intelligence played a vital role after two major hurricanes struck the island of Puerto Rico in 14 days, in that it helped responders keep an active pulse on public sentiment and be responsive to key pockets of concern, according to Simone Moreau


US public safety broadband network reaches out to tribal nations

As the First Responder Network deploys its communications across the US, it is eager to help tribal entities benefit from all the system can offer, writes Margaret Gutierrez

Confronting cybercrime head-on

Emily Hough speaks to Steven Wilson, Head of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol in The Hague, Netherlands, about the complexity of fighting organised crime, terrorism and cybercrime

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