The Disaster Resilience Journal: Be Informed. Be Prepared. Become Resilient

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Yesterday the Disaster Resilience Journal completed its daily release of short stories about disaster resilience from around the world. Over 42 days, the interactive web-documentary explored how individuals, communities and countries are preparing themselves against natural hazards like cyclones, floods, earthquakes or drought.

The Journal has been part of a larger campaign, which has reached millions of people, helping to raise awareness of the issues faced by at-risk communities. Through a combination of personal accounts of preparedness and survival, interviews with risk reduction experts and practitioners, informative infographics, and interactive games and quizzes, the Journal seeks to increase understanding of the need to strengthen disaster resilience in every home, family and community.

On Day 2, the Journal shared the story of Lenita Macavinta-Diego, a Red Cross community volunteer who through early warning helped ensure that not one life was lost in Aliputos during Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Day 9 invited visitors to complete a quiz on their first aid knowledge, discovering what they could do if someone was having a heart attack or choking. An interactive infographic on Day 12 highlighted the increasing impacts of disasters by showing the number of individuals killed or affected, as well as the financial losses incurred between 1994 and 2013. The role of culture in perceptions of risk was examined on Day 25 through an interview with Terry Cannon, Editor of the 2014 World Disasters Report.

The Journal was run jointly by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and 12 Red Cross National Societies in Europe - including the Irish Red Cross. With thousands of visitors each day, it forms part of a six-week campaign to raise awareness on the importance of disaster preparedness and community resilience in a context of climate change and growing vulnerability to natural disasters.

Users were asked to share their resilience stories via Tumblr, and through extensive social media outreach and participative social media actions European citizens were encouraged to reflect on how they too can become more disaster resilient. Audiences were invited to share selfies with the three items they need to be disaster prepared, or to photograph themselves with the closest fire extinguisher in their home, school or workplace. Furthermore, a tweet-a-thon was held on 13 October to mark International Disaster Reduction Day and reached over 2 million people. A final tweet-a-thon [EO1] to mark the end of the campaign and the completion of the Journal will be held on 3 November at 15:30 CET. Join the conversation by using #myDRJ. 

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