Titelbild Schriftenreihe Band 10, Teil 2

Networking and cooperation in times of crises – part 2

(15.12.2021) Volume 10 of the research publication series deals with the cooperation between the GRC and various actors involved in the refugee mission in 2015/16, especially in health care. The findings stem from the SiKoMi research project. The second part, which has now been published, brings together the practical experiences of the actors involved and identifies challenges and coping measures in order to make them useful for future deployments. The publication can be downloaded for free here (in German).

Einsatz des DRK im Krankenhaus

Project RESIK: Involvement of local stakeholders

(23.11.2021) In the federally funded RESIK research project, the German Red Cross is currently investigating how aid organizations can contribute to the successful evacuation of hospitals. It also focuses on the possible role of aid organizations during the construction of an emergency field hospital as well as the subsequent care of evacuated patients within it. Furthermore, the involvement of relevant local actors and the social space is particularly important in order to ensure a high level of practical relevance.

For this reason, local stakeholders from the Krefeld model region, like providers of critical infrastructures, civil society, medical and nursing care and hazard defense are constantly involved in the research process. Through questions individually tailored to each single actor, the available resources and the state of the art of existing preliminary planning for flood scenarios in Krefeld are currently being determined in preparation for the final command post exercise of the project. The focus here is on communication, alerting, coping capacities, as well as the construction and operation of an emergency field hospital, in which patients can be cared for.

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Factsheet for the German case study of the BuildERS research project

(12.11.2021) Together with the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen, the German Red Cross has summarised the results of their joint German case study of the BuildERS research project in a Factsheet. It presents the objectives of the Case Study, the examined cases, and its methodology. However, the Factsheet focuses on the condensed presentation of the central findings of the study and the recommendations for action to improve disaster management, which were derived based on the results. The factsheet is available for download here.

Soon, a new part of the GRC publication series Research Writings will also provide a much more detailed presentation and explanation of the results of the Case Study as well as the recommendations derived based on them.

Project WAKE has been completed 

(26.10.2021) The GRC has successfully completed the research project "Migration-related knowledge management for the civil protection of the future" (WAKE) after three years of profitable research work. We are proudly presenting our results in the threepart volume 9 "Findings from the GRC-refugee assistance 2015/16 in Germany" of the publications series and in two handouts on cooperation with civil society actors and dealing with experience and knowledge. On 18th and 19th November, the closing conference will take place together with the SiKoMi project. The programme and further information on registration can be found on the conference page. We cordially invite you to take this opportunity to discuss our project results together with our project partners. 

Publication on cooperation with civil society in the framework of refugee aid 2015/16

(14.10.2021) Part 3 of the publication series Volume 9 offers an English summary of the first two parts and presents central findings of the WAKE research project. It gives an overview of the changes in forms of social engagement. In addition, the results of an internal survey are presented and discussed. These include the experiences of working with civil society actors during the refugee situation in 2015/16, the use of support tools and experiential knowledge, as well as needs and structural changes that have occured in the GRC. The publication will be available for download as well as at the usual conditions in the Red Cross Shop.

Findings of an internal GRC survey - civil society in refugee assitance

(14.10.2021) Volume 9 of the publication series deals with the GRC refugee assistance in 2015/16, which was investigated in the research project WAKE. The now published second part presents the results of a nationwide internal GRC survey, which was designed on the basis of the experiences of GRC members documented in the first part. Thereby, the cooperation with civil society actors, the use of support tools and the handling of experience and knowledge are focussed. The survey sheds light on the requirements and structural change possibilities of the GRC, which are to be made usable for future sites. The publication will be available as free download as well as at the usual conditions in the Red Cross Shop (in German).

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Publication of two handouts from the WAKE project

(01.10.2021) Within the framework of the WAKE project, two handouts "Impulses from Research" were produced on the basis of the collected data. While one handout focuses on the topic of dealing with experiences and knowledge, the second handout deals with cooperation with civil society actors. Both handouts refer to experiences from practice during the GRC refugee assistance in 2015/16. In addition to the project results, the handouts offer small exercises, ideas and tips from practitioners as well as further information and materials. Both handouts are available as download for free (in German).

Map Output of the Estonian Dashboard

Reducing Social Vulnerability by Innovative Data Fusion

(16.08.2021) The Estonian partner case study of the GRC within the EU-funded BuildERS research project has published a factsheet of its key results. Within their case study our Estonian partners developed a dashboard which enables an anonymous analysis of mobile positioning data regarding the distribution and movement of people across Estonia at different points in time. Based on such data it is possible to identify the number of people within each region of Estonia at any given time and their movements across the country. Additionally, it is also possible to determine some key characteristics of local populations. For example, the share of people living in an area, the share of people who are visiting it as tourists, and the proportion of people who have a secondary home in the area and can, potentially, relocate to their primary home. Overall, the dashboard is a useful tool for analyzing population movement patterns during previous disasters and for planning both transport corridors as well as emergency procedures. A detailed report of the results of the case study is also available on the BuildERS website.

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Networking and cooperation in times of crisis

(10.08.2021) Volume 10 of the publication series focuses on health care and the - partly intensified, partly new - networks with different actors during the refugee relief in 2015/16. The published findings are based on the research project SiKoMi. The first part deals with access to health services for refugees. Furthermore, results from three case sites are used to show how the GRC provided care. The latter is supplemented by the experiences of employees of a health department. The publication is available for download and at the usual conditions in the Red Cross Shop (in German).

Hochwasser Dresden 2002

Why are some individuals particularly vulnerable to flooding and COVID-19?

(14.06.2021) In cooperation with the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen the GRC has recently completed a case study as part of the ongoing EU-funded BuildERS research project. This study examined, based on the case example of the city of Dresden and its surrounding area, which factors can explain why some persons were more vulnerable than others in regard to the Elbe flooding from 2002, 2006 and 2013, as well as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, potential ways to reduce the context dependent vulnerability of the afflicted persons, as well as improving their resilience, were also investigated. Both a series of qualitative expert interviews and a quantitative online survey of people affected by the disasters of interes were carried out. In addition, potential social innovations capable of improving the resilience of the affected against disasters were derived from the results. The report is available for download on the BuildERS project site.

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Civil society actors in the GRC refugee relief 2015/16

(21.05.2021) Volume 9 of the publication series deals with the GRC refugee aid operation 2015/16. The first part documents the experiences of GRC-employees, which were collected as part of the research project WAKE. Thereby, the focus is set on the coopations with civil society actory. As a thematic introduction, the change in social engagement behaviour as well as its effects on the forms of cooperation between aid organisations and civil society are analysed. The publication os available for download and at the usual conditions in the Red Cross Shop (in German).

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Project ResOrt succesfully completed 

(26.10.2020) Part two of volume 8 of the publication series introduces a pilot concept on how to strenghten community resilience through networking between disaster management and other community actors. The pilot concept “Resilient Communities” details a participatory process, which brings together different actors in a series of workshops in order to facilitate an exchange of ideas on disaster preparedness, vulnerabilities, resources and appropriate measures to strengthen community resilience. The publication is available for download and at the usual conditions in the Red Cross Shop (in German).

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Joint project AMBOSafe has started (BRC) 

(19.10.2020) We are pleased to announce a new project of the Bavarian Red Cross (BRC) as part of the funding measure "Anwender-Innovativ". The aim of the „AMBOSafe" project is a supraregional, cross-organizational and multi-perspective analysis on the topic of violence against employees and staff of authorities and organizations with security tasks (BOS). The project will include both the experience of emergency services and the perspectives of the perpetrators in order to be able to examine the dynamics of the situation in its entirety. In the long term, this should be a crucial step towards violence prevention and increase the subjective feeling of security of the emergency services.

Resilienz durch Sozialen Zusammenhalt

Strengthening social cohesion: Publication and explanatory video

(12.10.2020) As of now you can watch the participatory process “Resilient community” in an explanatory video (in German). The focus is on the networking of different actors who can contribute to crisis and disaster prevention within a neighborhood. The role of organizations in strengthening social cohesion was examined in detail in a publication of the ResOrt joint project. The publication "Resilience through social cohesion - the role of organizations" is available for download (in German).

Ausschnitt aus DRK-interner Befragung zum Flüchtlingshilfeeinsatz 2015/16 erfolgreich beendet

GRC internal survey on the refugee aid mission 2015/16 successfully completed 

(28.09.2020) The GRC survey on the refugee aid mission 2015/16 took place from May until July 2020 and aimed at GRC-volunteers and full-time GRC-employees. The questionnaire focused on their experiences with German civil society cooperations. The poll was part of the WAKE research project whereby one set of questions will feed into the SiKoMi research project. The evaluation of the results has already started and intends to provide practice-oriented suggestions for future scenarios. First results are expected to be made available in the winter of 2020/2021. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all participants who took the time to review those intense years 2015/16! 

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Strengthening resilience through social cohesion

(10.09.2020) Social cohesion increases the resilience of local communities in times of crises and disasters. As part of the research project ResOrt recommendations were developed on how civil protection organizations, welfare associations, neighborhood organizations and local authorities can strengthen social cohesion and community resilience. A collection of best practices and tools has now been put together in a guide book for these organizations. You can download it here (in German).

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Resilient communities

(26.08.2020) Volume VIII of the series deals with the question how the resilience of local communities and neighbourhoods can be strengthened. The first part introduces key concepts such as the socio-spatial approach in disaster management, community resilience and the role of the local municipal level in German disaster management. Furthermore it takes a look at the presence of local Red Cross chapters in communites and develops ideas for a socio-spatial approach to disaster management.

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New research project RESIK starting March 2020

(21.04.2020) Everyday life and disaster management structures must be more closely interlinked, as the KOPHIS and INVOLVE research projects clearly show. The ResOrt project highlights the crucial importance of socio-spatial networking among local disaster management organisations. The new RESIK project focuses on bringing together disaster management and hospital structures. In crises and disasters, hospitals are always of special importance as critical infrastructure, whose function must be maintained even under extreme conditions. The RESIK collaborative project, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, develops concepts for effective cooperation between all relevant stakeholders, focusing on the supporting role of aid organisations in the crisis phases " strengthening of hospital structures" and "evacuation and decentralised care of patients".


DRK survey on the refugee aid mission 2015/16

(31.03.2020) In April 2020, the German Red Cross research and civil protection unit will launch an internal DRK online survey on the refugee aid mission 2015/16 in Germany. The survey aims at the experiences made by GRC-volunteers and full-time GRC-employees who worked with new forms of engagement of the German civil society. The results of the survey will serve as the basis for the progression of practice-oriented recommendations. This method of research can be used for successful cooperation in future situations and for the further development of disaster services.

In addition, there will be a list of questions on the achieved experiences in cooperation with different partners of the health sector. These results will be incorporated into the SiKoMi research project.

The survey is part of the WAKE research project (more information on WAKE and the SiKoMi project can be found on this homepage under the tab “Ongoing Projects”). The duration of the survey is estimated to be over a period of six weeks. Upcoming results are expected to be made available in the winter of 2020/21 as part of the Publication series.

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The new research project AUPIK

(03.03.2020) The research projects KOPHIS and INVOLVE demonstrated clearly that everyday life and disaster  management systems must be more closely interlinked in order to provide needs-based support to those in need of care at home in a crisis event. The AUPIK project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of its security research programme, is developing solutions that will enable coordination between the two systems. AUPIK started with a kick-off meeting in Tübingen and is being carried out under the leadership of the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tübingen together with the German Red Cross, the Institute for Health and Nursing Science at Charité Berlin and the Vincentz Network.

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Workshop „Learning from refugee aid: Opportunities through voluntary work“

(23.11.2019) As part of the WAKE research project, the research department of the GRC Headquarter organised a workshop called "Learning from refugee aid: Opportunities through voluntary work", moderated by research associate Elisabeth Olfermann. Together with experts from different German Red Cross regional and district branches and researchers, the participants discussed various questions around cooperation with civil society actors and knowledge management using the example of the refugee situation 2015/16 in Germany. The insights gained will now be incorporated into the preparations for a quantitative survey to be conducted in the first half of 2020.


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Workshop "European Security Research" in Brussels

(20./21.11.2019) This year, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research once again invited interested parties to Brussels to discuss the current state of European security research. For this year's event entitled "Civil Security in Horizon Europe: Quo vadis?", Matthias Max represented the German Red Cross at the panel "Rivalry or Symbiosis? Practitioners and SMEs in European Security Research". There he introduced the EU project BuildERS to the audience and discussed the transferability of research results into practice with the other panelists from authorities and organisations with security related tasks.

Schneelage in Bayern

Documentation of field operations

(23.10.2019) In January 2019, five counties in Upper Bavaria officially declared the emergency status due to heavy snowfalls. The German Red Cross documented the snow operation in Bavaria from the perspective of the Bavarian Red Cross, based on interviews with full-time staff and volunteers. The documentation focuses on the affected population, major challenges in providing assistance for the most vulnerable people as well as maintaining the reliability of health infrastructures.

Band V Teil 2

Digital Volunteers

(19.08.2019) The second part of Volume 5 is dealing with the role of Digital Volunteers - people who help in a crisis via the internet. This potential of digital assistance also offers many new opportunities for volunteering in disaster management. As an example, a digital volunteer can be deployed as a social media expert, assist in monitoring social Media, or even conduct digital social space mapping and other tasks that can be done online. International concepts and research results from the K3 project, workshops and an deployment exercise offer precise information of possible implementation within the GRC.


GRC and BRC - strong partners in security research

(13.05.2019) The Bavarian Red Cross cooperates in various thematic fields and is an innovative as well as competent partner in security research. Through national and international contacts, the BRC has an excellent network. The BRC and the GRC worked closely together on the COBRACORE and K3 projects and on the scientific assessment of the snow disaster in 2019.

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Kick-off meeting BuildERS

(08.-10.05.2019) On the 1st of May 2019, the European research project BuildERS started, in which the GRC is involved as a research partner. Among numerous outlines submitted to the EU under the Horizont2020 funding programme, BuildERS is one of very few projects to be funded. The aim of the project is to identify the most vulnerable population groups in crises in a pan-European comparison and to increase their resilience. Within the framework of the three-year project, the GRC will conduct a case study in Germany. 

Heidi und Broemme

12th Congress of Mayors

(07./08.05.2019, Magdeburg) Crises and disasters were the topic of the two-day annual congress of mayors on the 7th and 8th of may 2019 in Magdeburg, which was organised by the Behörden Spiegel. The GRC-research was represented with a talk and information booth with GRC publication series, anthologies and information brochures. The participants showed great interest in the research results and concepts. During the talk, possibilities and proven methods of a more social space-oriented civil protection were presented and how this can provide better support for vulnerable population groups, such as people in need of care, during major emergencies.


Safety Days

(22./24.03.2019, Paderborn) As part of the Safety Days at the University of Paderborn, the GRC-research organized a challenge at the hackathon. The aim was to prepare and visualize publicly available data on vulnerabilities and resources (e.g. demographic data) in order to support the deployment before and during a crisis. This was intended to further develop the idea of digital mapping of social space, which had emerged from the work of the GRC-research. With its solution of a web application for the interactive analysis of georeferenced data on a map, the group won the first prize of the GRC challenge.

DRK e.V.

10 Years of Research at the GRC

(21.03.2019) March of 2009 marks the beginning of the GRC’s first research project conducted together with partners from the civil security research. Since then, the GRC has been cooperating with 118 different project partners from academia, industry, health and welfare as well as administration and public authorities and organizations with security and safety Tasks (BOS). Starting in 2014, the findings are being published in the research publication series. As of December 2018 around 75.000 copies have been ordered nationally and internationally. 

Besuch beim BRK

Visit at the BRC

(28.02.2019) The Bavarian Red Cross (BRC) invited staff members of the Unit Research in Civil Protection to visit Munich, Miesbach and Garmisch-Partenkirchen to conduct interviews regarding the snow disaster in Bavaria in January 2019. Supported by the coordinator of security research Uwe Kippnich we talked to various volunteers and employees of the BRC in order to gain insight into coping with this extreme event with special consideration of vulnerable people. The findings will be published in our research publication series.

KOPHIS Abschlussveranstaltungen

Closing Event KOPHIS

(23./24.01.2019, Tübingen) The research project KOPHIS successfully ended with the closing event “Disaster Management and Care”. The high number of participants from the fields of disaster management, care and welfare showed great interest within and beyond the Red Cross: Around 80 people took part in the conference and enriched the discussion with their feedback and questions. Various panels on the topics of resilience, self-sufficiency and people in need of care in disaster management were important components of the event. 

Wissenschaftlicher Programmausschuss

Scientific Programme Committtee

(21.01.2019) Matthias Max, Head of Research, is an appointed member of the current Scientific Advisory Board on the "Research for Civil Security" programme. As an independent committee of experts, it advises the Federal Ministry of Education and Research on questions of civil security research. The Scientific Programme Committee consists of experts from all relevant scientific disciplines, industry, private infrastructure operators, public authorities and organisations with security and safety tasks.

DRK e.V.

Socio-spatial approach to civil protection

(18.01.2019) The English version of the publication series 6 was released at the end of the research project KOPHIS, which dealt with the strengthening of resilience of vulnerable groups in civil protection. This volume contains findings to which extent vulnerable groups of elderly people who are cared for at home and people in need of care are affected by crises, large-scale emergencies, and disasters. By combining networking and local participation, the KOPHIS research project has demonstrated a way to a more social space-oriented civil protection.

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Publication series Volume 4 English version

(20.12.2018) At the end of the INVOLVE project, an English version of the research publication series is released: “Strengthening of Community Resilience – The German Red Cross Disaster Services. Recommendations for Action Based on Research Results”. It summarizes the main project results for an international audience. It points out central conditions for sustainable GRC disaster services in the face of societal developments in Germany and documents the viewpoint of GRC fieldworkers. Finally, recommendations for the GRC disaster services to meet future needs are presented that were developed in cooperation with GRC experts from different regional branches.

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Symposium of disaster services expert advisers

(17./18.11.2018, Braunschweig): The final results of the INVOLVE project were presented on this year‘s symposium of the disaster services expert advisers. Tanja Knopp, deputy federal leader of the stand-by services, was very pleased about the gain in knowledge of the project. The resulting practical recommendations for the disaster services will now be further implemented in the association. The participants also used the results of INVOLVE at the conference to develop a national strategy for disaster services.

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Schriftenreihe Band 6 Teil 1

Publication series Volume 6 Part 1

(15.10.2018) Volume 6 of the series deals with elderly people and those in need of care in crises, major emergencies and disasters. This first part serves as an introduction of the content. Scientific findings and practical challenges are presented. In addition to the research-based approaches, the research project KOPHIS is introduced.

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Schriftenreihe Band 5 Teil 1

Publication series Volume 5 Part 1

(02.10.2018) Volume 5 is devoted to the topic "Web 2.0 and Social Media in Civil Protection". Social media platforms are becoming increasingly popular and are gaining in importance even in crisis and disaster situations. These processes of change also influence the work of the GRC associations. In the first part, the further development of the Internet in the form of Web 2.0 and social media are presented.

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Publication series Volume 4 Part 3

(02.10.2018) Volume 4 documents the results of a scientific study on the strengthening of social resilience by the disaster control specialist service "Betreuungsdienst"/"disaster services". Part 3 summarizes the results of the Consultants' Conference "disaster services". Martin Bullermann, head of federal emergency services, (see picture above) discussed experiences, needs and suggestions for improvement with his consultants.

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BMBF Innovation forum „Civil Security“

(19/20 June 2018, Berlin) The conference on the framework programme "Research for Civil Security" aims at the exchange of actors from the specialist scene and was well attended by over 600 participants. Ms. Szepan, Head of the Nursing Department of the AOK Federal Association (see photo above, right) showed great interest in the research work of the GRC and the publication series. 

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