Collaboration is key: Exploring the 2021 flood response for critical infrastructures in Germany

Nick, Florence, Saenger, Nathalie, van der Heijden, Sophie and Sandholz, Simone, (2023). Collaboration is key: Exploring the 2021 flood response for critical infrastructures in Germany. International Journal for Disaster Risk Reduction, 91 1-16

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    Author Nick, Florence
    Saenger, Nathalie
    van der Heijden, Sophie
    Sandholz, Simone
    Title Collaboration is key: Exploring the 2021 flood response for critical infrastructures in Germany
    Appearing in International Journal for Disaster Risk Reduction
    Volume 91
    Publication Date 2023-04-21
    Place of Publication Amsterdam
    Publisher Elsevier
    Start page 1
    End page 16
    Language eng
    Abstract Growing dependence on critical infrastructures and exposure to natural hazards contribute to society's vulnerability to breakdowns, requiring adequate preparedness and a collaborative response during disasters. This study explores collaborative processes in the disaster response of critical water and health sectors following the 2021 floods in Western Germany. It identified key enablers and constraints for successful responses and their interactions. Organizational factors including collaboration, coordination, communication, information management and time management were key, and interacted with physical, human and social factors as well as with the overarching legal frameworks and policies within the disaster context. Lacking many enabling factors, the German flood response was insufficient, showing that critical infrastructures, their interdependencies and collaborative processes need a stronger consideration in preparedness planning.
    UNBIS Thesaurus FLOODS
    Keyword Disaster response
    Critical Infrastructure
    Preparedness
    Collaboration
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    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2023
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2023.103710
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