IES designs innovative e-handbook for first responders in European societal security crises

In the context of the SOURCE project, an IES team consisting of Ólöf Soebech, Irina van der Vet and Florian Lang designed a 90-page E-Handbook on Societal Security Crises and Emergency Response in Europe. The e-handbook is an innovative educational tool for first responders managing crises in the area of societal security. It features six multi-media case-studies coming from different parts of Europe, namely: Austria, Sweden, Belgium, and Spain. The case-studies explore and re-construct strategies and actions of first response professionals involved in management of socio-political emergencies and natural disasters. In addition to texts, the interactive content includes educational assignments and video interviews, in which professionals, who took on key roles in the crisis management and emergency response, share their experiences.

Although the handbook is primarily designed to assist and benefit emergency response practitioners such as police, fire fighters and paramedics, its content offers an arsenal of material that is also useful for educators, academics, researchers and any individual aiming at enhancing their knowledge on societal security.