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Expect the unexpected and know how to respond

16 January 2017

DARWIN is developing resilience management guidelines which will improve responses to expected and unexpected natural and man-made disasters. The DARWIN Resilience Management Guidelines (DRMG) consist of a set of principles, methods, practices and strategies to aid organisations in the creation, assessment or improvement of their own guidelines. Based on resilience management concepts, the guidelines help the organisation in developing a critical view of its own crisis management activities. They are intended to complement existing guidelines, procedures and practices already present in an organisation.

Expert input and feedback is key to ensuring the DRMGs are practical and relevant to resilience and crisis management practitioners. DARWIN is fostering a community who can contribute their expertise to the development of the DRMGs to ensure they are of use to practitioners. The DARWIN Community of Practitioners (DCoP) interacts with the DARWIN team on a regular basis in order to provide their reactions and advice on the development of the DRMG.

DARWIN and the DCoP cooperate online at regular webinars, and face-to-face at annual DCoP workshops. At the most recent webinar, in November 2016 DARWIN partners presented the most recent developments of the DRMG; a set of concepts cards which assists organisations in assessing their resilience.

The next DCoP meeting will take place from the 28th to the 29th of March in Sweden. The workshop will focus on case studies that will be used for evaluation and piloting of the DRMGs, and simulation and training materials for use of the DRMG. The workshop will also collect feedback on the guidelines, as well as seek perspectives on how they can be improved and optimised.

To find out more about the next DCoP workshop, please see here:

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 653569.