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27.09.2015

Interview with crisis manager Yves Legil after his intervention in the aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake

Interviewee: Yves Legil, member of the Humanitarian Intervention Team (HIT) of the GSP [1] (Luxembourg Psychological Support Group) and the Luxembourg Fire Service. Interviewer: Lilly Eischen, PsyCris project collaborator and member of the GSP. L.E: After your intervention in Nepal three weeks ago in the aftermath of the terrible earthquake, it would be interesting if you could tell us about your…

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27.05.2015

Crisis mangers invited to participate at PsyCris innovative stress management survey

The EU-funded PsyCris Project invites crisis mangers to take part in completing a newly developed questionnaire on stress and stress management. The questionnaire, which is offered in English, German and Spanish, was developed as part of PsyCris efforts to develop procedures and tools that improve psychosocial support in crisis management. The information obtained by the questionnaire will help PsyCris identify potential…

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21.05.2015

Security without borders?

By Ulrike Hess-Meining I recently participated in the conference „Grenzenlose Sicherheit? – Gesellschaftliche Dimensionen der Sicherheitsforschung“ (“Security without borders? —Societal dimensions of security research”). The conference was organised by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and “SiFO” (Fachdialog Sicherheitsforschung) in Berlin. Key speakers included Saskia Sassen (Columbia University, New York) and Cornel Zwierlein (Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Harvard). Sessions…

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24.04.2015

School Shootings in Barcelona

by Aida Herrera Head of the Psychological Intervention in Disasters, Crises and Emergencies Team of the Professional Association of Psychologists in Eastern Andalucia (COPAO) On the 20th of April, first thing in the morning, when class had already started, a 13-year-old student of the Joan Fuster Secondary School in Barcelona burst in with a crossbow and a knife, killing a…

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24.04.2015

GermanWings plane accident update

by Aida Herrera Head of the Psychological Intervention in Disasters, Crises and Emergencies Team of the Professional Association of Psychologists in Eastern Andalucia (COPAO) Everyone is aware of the latest news about the Germanwings plane accident. Nevertheless, this news has hurt us all and left us shocked in a way that we still feel overwhelmed. The press release given by…

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10.04.2015

Plane Crash in France: Psychosocial support and Regulations

By Juan Sepulveda  Jimenez Consultant in Public Safety and Emergencies, of the Professional Association of Psychologists in Eastern Andalucía (COPAO) – Spain. While our working group continues the investigation of novel aspects in our case studies on terrorist attacks, air accidents and natural disasters, the real world keeps reminding us the importance of the challenges that we face in the…

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25.03.2015

Breaking news: Psychosocial support at the Barcelona Airport for the families of the Germanwings A320 Airbus passengers

by Aida Herrera Head of the Psychological Intervention in Disasters, Crises and Emergencies Team of the Professional Association of Psychologists in Eastern Andalucia (COPAO) An A320 Airbus, of the company Germanwings (Lufthansa’s low-cost carrier), with 146 passengers and 6 crew members, crashed yesterday (24 of March) in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, in southern France. The airplane had taken off from Barcelona airport…

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24.03.2015

Observing a plane crash simulation in Luxembourg

by Maria del Carmen Romero Velasco Coordinator of the Disaster and Emergencies Sector in Granada Official Association of Psychology in Eastern Andalucia On November 14th, 2014 I had the pleasure of participating as an observer in the airplane accident simulation at the Luxembourg Airport. It is always an enriching experience to participate in a simulation where the psychosocial intervention protocol…

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05.11.2014

What plane crash simulations are used for?

by Aida Herrera On Wednesday, October the 22nd, the Federico García Lorca (FGL) Granada-Jaén airport held a plane crash simulation, with the aim of evaluating the procedures established in the Self-Protection Plan, and to test the responsiveness of the different groups that participate in the resolution of an emergency of this kind. All airports that constitute the network of AENA Airports…

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06.06.2014

Competence development of crisis managers – the main mistakes

By Simon Sauter and Werner Sauter There is hardly any other sector in which myths and habits hold on so persistently as in education. Finally, we all experience learning since our first breath, in kindergarden, school and college as well as in daily work life. In the design of learning systems with the aim of competence development, as we strive…

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