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De preparatie op de nafase binnen veiligheidsregio’s: een verkennend onderzoek.

Bas, M. de, Helsloot, I., Dückers, M. De preparatie op de nafase binnen veiligheidsregio’s: een verkennend onderzoek. Tijschrift voor Veiligheid: 2017, 16(1), 3-16
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This article addresses disaster recovery preparedness characteristics prescribed by literature and guidelines.
An exploratory study was conducted in 25 Dutch safety regions to describe the status of disaster recovery preparedness with an emphasis on psychosocial support aspects. The study pointed at substantial cross-regional variation. Particular areas of improvement were identified in relation to involving citizens and partner organizations in safety regions’ recovery planning efforts, and the extent to which preparedness activities are guided by regional risk profiles.

Optimization of preparedness takes place in an everyday context where relatively little priority is assigned to disaster recovery. Also, as major crises are fairly scarce there is little room for learning or routinization. Deliberate investments to enhance disaster recovery preparedness are needed, they would however benefit from more research into the association between relevant conditions, the disaster recovery preparedness level and the quality of service delivery when an event actually takes place. (aut. ref.)