CARISMAND aims to deal with the issues of preparadness, response to disasters and after-crisis
recovery which is inevitably influenced by cultural background of individuals and the society they live in.
Cultural factors play an important role in determining the way people respond to stress, engage in
crisis management and accept disaster relief in an emergency. These factors could also negatively impact the professional response to disaster because of the lack of cultural understanding,
sensitivity and competencies as well as due to lack of understanding of the cultural background of the victims of a disaster.
CARISMAND aims to identify these factors, explore existing gaps and opportunities for improvement of
disaster policies and procedures, and to develop a comprehensive toolkit which will allow professional as well as voluntary disaster managers to adopt culturally-aware
The project employs an approach that examines natural, man-made and technical
disasters, placing at the centre specific aspects that affect culturally informed risk perceptions, such as whether disasters are caused
intentionally or not, the ‘visibility’ of hazards, and various time scales of disasters etc.
The expected impact is to better meet the needs of various cultures during disaster relief, thus improving reaction time and reducing fatalities and, ultimately, increasing the overall
effectiveness of those who respond to disasters by identifying which cultural factors, important insights, and specific communication styles for a given cultural group should be taken
into consideration during disaster situations in urban areas. Furthermore, specific focus is to be put on exploring how to anticipate and identify
solutions to cultural problems that may arise in the event of an emergency.
CARISMAND will deliver:
- a formal set of
recommendations for stakeholders at all levels that include the implementation and/or improvement of policies and guidelines, educational measures, and a roadmap for further knowledge
- a comprehensive “cultural map” for formal and
“informal” disaster managers as well as for interested citizens which is available online, downloadable, and adaptable to their individual or institutional needs.
For more information about the CARISMAND project,
please go to www.carismand.eu.