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Emergency Preparedness Of The Czech Red Cross


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429 - 438




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L. Balarinová, J. Dostál, D. Tučková & K. Ivanová


The risks of modern society and the emergency incidents of recent years (Haiti 2010, Japan 2011) remind us of the importance of crisis management and the world-wide international movements of the Red Cross and Red Crescent play an important role here. Compared with recent world disasters (e.g. Haiti, 2010 – 250,000 dead, 300,000 injured and 1.5 million people made homeless) we can say that the Czech Republic faces emergency incidents with less disastrous consequences, yet they can still be disastrous. In the period from 1997 to 2010, the Czech Republic was affected by 8 floods, during which 116 persons died and the damage was almost 8.5 billion USD. The Czech Red Cross (CRC) is a part of the national emergency system, however, there is no concrete or systematically examined data for its crisis management. Therefore the aim of this paper is to design a survey for emergency preparedness within crisis management, both in the areas of planning and management of the Czech Red Cross crisis management. The results will be the presentation of data from preliminary research, the discussion of the survey design and a final summary of the survey with recommendations and limitations. The proposed survey methods include a description, comparison and the ideal model method. They are used in three stages; (1) preliminary research implemented at the regional level, (2) research on the entire territory of the Czech Republic and (3) examples of


emergency preparedness, The Red Cross, Czech Republic, rescue system