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Report written by: Moya Wood-Heath (Project Manager) and Martin Annis British Red Cross
Each country in the European Union and the European Economic Area will be aware of the need for effective civil protection arrangements and a robust resilience framework to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Resilience is the ability at every level to detect, prevent, and if necessary, handle disruptive challenges. The aim in the UK is to improve resilience through working with others to anticipate, assess, prevent, prepare, respond and recover.
This British Red Cross led project is about ‘Working together to support individuals in an emergency or disaster’; a key facet of building resilience and the reason why the UK Government has given the project its full support. The purpose of the project has been to enable the European Union Member States and the European Economic Area Countries governments and non-governmental organisations to understand, and respond better to, the psycho-social needs of individuals affected in an emergency or disaster and to recognise the value of guidance in achieving more commonality in meeting their needs.