By 2050, according to latest estimations, 70 % of the world population (about 5.9 bio.) will live in urban environments. Due to climate change, many of these cities will be exposed to a high-risk of disaster impact and partially show extreme levels of vulnerability. Prepared International works with city administrations and other actors on strengthening the resilience of urban systems to withstand acute shock and constant stressors. We provide e.g. strategic long-term planning, but also capacity building and disaster preparedness measures for all systems.
Prepared International designed specific strategies for coastal communities and urban resilience in mountain regions, and offers an all-inclusive approach for all parts of society as well as private-sector and non-traditional responders. We provide latest research on humanitarian response and disaster diplomacy in urban areas and prepare host-nation support concepts for metropolitan areas.
URBAN COORDINATION FRAMEWORKS
In Urban Environments, traditional response coordination systems fail because of the multitude of actors, especially the huge amount of key informal actors. PPI offers a coordination approach and trainings for this highly complex environment of modern urban disaster response. We also provide strategies to coordinate under extreme circumstances.
THE GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR URBAN CRISIS
PPI is a member of the Global Alliance for Urban Crisis, the number 1 international forum for developing solutions for challenges posed by urban areas to emergency response and humanitarian activities. PPI is supporting United Nations organizations in this forum with the latest know-how from the disaster management world.
Urban Displacement is a specific challenge for Governments as the displaced disappear into urban poverty or into informal structures. Urban Displacement that is not handled professionally destabilizes city structures through incurring poverty, informal sectors and crime. PPI is supporting cities to professionally handle urban displacement and to use it as a mean to strengthen the community of a city.
CITIES IN WAR ZONES
PPI is supporting cities in war zones with concrete measures to strengthen their ability to protect inhabitants and IDP‘s within their area of administration. Our work is targeted to the special needs of cities under extreme circumstances.
RESILIENCE VIA INCLUSION
Despite growing investment, the resilience of many cities worsens due to less and less citizens taking an active part in society. PPI is part of a European Commission Key Project on finding ways to strengthen the resilience of cities by means of inclusion.
PARTNER CITIES ROTTERDAM, SKOPJE, HERAKLION, CANTARRAZO
PPI is cooperating with four partner cities on testing resilience building models and tools developed by us. These cities in Crete, Netherlands, Italy and Macedonia are facing very diverse challenges. We made it our duty to support them in establishing a safe and secure future for their citizens.
EVACUATIONS OF MASS URBAN AREAS
In the 2000s several major urban areas have been declared impossible to evacuate in a large scale disaster, such as Manila/Philippines. PPI is a leading provider of mass evacuation preparedness and has extensive real-life experiences. Our mission is finding targeted evacuation models for every case.
Prepared International is partnering with ICELEI – the international network of more than 1500 city governments working together towards resilience. PPI and ICELEI are powerful partners, supporting each other and drawing from each other's expertise.
Read more about one of our projects in this field below:
When speaking of natural disasters, not being aware, not knowing who to call, how to act, where to look for updated info, is a key reason for exposure to severe risk. This is particularly true for non-native people. Cities are made up of citizens who need to be recognized as key actors so that results can be gained from the policies and investments. The European project AMARE-EU will focus specifically on developing concrete, low-cost and easy-to-be-applied solutions to involve and inform those who, due to linguistic, social, economic, and cultural factors, are at severe risk in case of a natural disaster.
Project activities start from the development of an online self-assessment tool to evaluate the capacity of cities to foster a culture of prevention in the presence of multicultural societies. This tool, together with an on-line library covering topics such as city resilience, multiculturalism and citizens involvement, will remain available throughout the project’s duration and beyond, and will help to increase the awareness cities have about the project’s topics.
Accessible materials related to risk reduction, mitigation of adverse consequences of disasters in local communities and citizens involvement will also be identified and adapted to the needs of multicultural societies. This material, together with proper guidelines and good practices, will constitute a toolkit supporting city administrators in ensuring the most effective involvement of non-native citizens in prevention and preparedness strategies, in order to create safer and more resilient communities.
At the same time, a call for interest will be launched to select 4 European pilot cities where the proposed approaches will be tested and implemented. Specific analysis, training and planning activities will be implemented in each of these cities, including the involvement of non-native citizens and the delivery of an awareness-raising campaign. This will allow for the validation of an innovative approach and set of supporting tools, that will then be made available for transfer and implementation throughout.