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Human Geography

Nicklas Guldåker

Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head of Department

Human Geography

Preventing and Preparing for Disasters – The Role of a Swedish Local Emergent Citizen Group

Author

  • Nicklas Guldåker
  • Kerstin Eriksson
  • Tuija Nieminen Kristofersson

Summary, in English

Disasters such as the storms that affected Sweden in 2005 and 2007 showed that

citizens initially conducted a large part of the disaster response, such as clearing roads, giving psychosocial support to affected neighbours and repairing power lines in collaboration with power companies. As a result of these storms, an Emergent Citizen Group (ECG) was established in a village which continued to work on risk prevention, even after the event. The aim of this paper is to describe and analyse this local emergent citizen group’s continuing work on the prevention of local risk and vulnerability, and particularly, their work on flood prevention. The results

indicate that authorities seldom understand the ECG’s concerns about risks.

Authorities also lack the experience and capacity to collaborate with, and support, the ECG’s risk and vulnerability reduction work. Bureaucratic barriers and declining motivation among volunteers within the ECGs could undermine commitment to the prevention of risks.

Department/s

  • Department of Human Geography
  • Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety
  • LUCRAM (Lund University Center for Risk Analysis and Management-lup-obsolete

Publishing year

2015

Language

English

Pages

360-387

Publication/Series

International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters

Volume

33

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

International Research Committee on Disasters, IRCD

Topic

  • Human Geography
  • Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Keywords

  • Emergent Citizen Group
  • risk
  • storm
  • flood mitigation
  • Sweden

Status

Published

Project

  • FRIVA

Research group

  • LUCRAM (Lund University Center for Risk Analysis and Management-lup-obsolete

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0280-7270