RESIK - Resilience and Evacuation Planning for Social-Economic Infrastructures in a Medical-Social Context

The research project RESIK aims at the interaction of disaster management and hospital structures and thus focuses on the sometimes highly vulnerable group of patients.


Content orientation and results:


Everyday life and disaster management structures must be more closely interlinked. This is clearly evident through the research projects KOPHIS and INVOLVE. The ResOrt project also highlights the importance of socio-spatial networking of local disaster control organisations.

The research project RESIK aims at the interaction of disaster management and hospital structures and thus focuses on the sometimes highly vulnerable group of patients. Hospitals are always of special importance as critical infrastructure in crises and disasters. Even under extreme conditions, it is important to maintain their function and ensure the care of patients. This applies not only to major outbreaks of diseases such as epidemics and pandemics, but also to major disasters such as a fire or floods, especially when this necessitates the evacuation or the decentralised care of patients. Past evacuation missions of medico-social institutions have often shown great challenges with regards to the cooperation of civil protection structures and health care actors as well as the establishment of decentralised care structures for evacuated hospital patients. This is where the research project RESIK comes in.

The acronym RESIK stands for "resilience and evacuation planning for socio-economic infrastructures in the medico-social context". The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It is being implemented in the Krefeld model region in close cooperation with the city of Krefeld on the sample of a local hospital.

Application-oriented concepts will be developed for effective cooperation between authorities and organisations with security tasks (BOS) along with health care structures and other relevant actors from civil society. The focus lies on the necessary strengthening of hospital structures and on ensuring decentralised care of evacuated hospital patients. The RESIK project is based on findings on social-space-oriented civil protection, which is the core topic of the DRC research.

Reference to recommendation for action:

RESIK refers to the needs for action identified by the DRC: "vulnerable groups in crises and disasters", "care services of the future", "socio-spatial networking on site", and "improved protection of critical infrastructure".


  • Service-Box RESIK

    Project Partner: Disaster Relief Office/Free University Berlin (consortium leader), City of Krefeld, International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tübingen, Dräger Company, German Red Cross - National Headquarters

    Partner: Malteser Rhine-Ruhr non-profit GmbH (hospital), German Association for Hospital Emergency Planning (DAKEP), Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Preparedness (BBK), Academy for Crisis Management, Emergency Planning and Civil Defence (AKNZ), German Hospital Association (DKG), Malteser Relief Service e.V. Krefeld City Office, Malteser Emergency Service e.V. Federal Office, Krefeld Police Headquarters, Havelland District, Oberhavel District, German Red Cross Krefeld District Association e.V, DRK Kreisverband Gransee e.V., DRK National Association Berlin e.V., Senate Department for the Interior and Sport (Berlin), Treptow-Köpenick District Office (Berlin)

    Funding source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Programme: Research for Civil Security

    Project description: factsheet RESIK

    Website RESIK: (to be added later)



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