CARISMAND dealt with the issues of preparadness and 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.
Nutcracker researched citizens and first responders in six European countries to determine perceptions and attitudes that are likely to come into play during a natural or man-made disaster situation. Large-scale workshops and small-scale discussion groups amongst 600 citizens and 150 first responders were held to investigate factors on both sides. The findings were directly fed into the recommendations and cultural map that were the final deliverables of the project.
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