Disaster Research Unit (DRU)
Branch office of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung / Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
Grant ID: 13N13199
Partners in Cooperation:
As a result of long-term demographic developments, the number of care-dependent persons or persons in need of personal care has been constantly increasing. The ability to provide for these care-dependent persons in crises or emergency situations presents a great challenge to the agencies and organisations tasked with public security. Since there is no centralised information about this vulnerable group, it is necessary that the social context of these persons is better integrated in the disaster coping process. It is therefore necessary to establish stable networks between care-dependent persons, potential supporters from civil society, and from those organisations and agencies tasked with public security in times of non-crisis, so that in those moments of actual crisis, help can be rendered in a sufficient manner.
The research project KOPHIS is dedicated to improving and strengthening the resilience of care-dependent persons in private households in all phases relevant to disasters and is attempting to fill a gap which has long existed: namely the gap whereby the organisations and agencies tasked with public safety, disaster management, and infrastructures of personal care were conceptually and practically separated from one another lacking any real intermeshing. The project’s innovative potential is to be found in its direct integration dependents in supporters in social space even in the project’s nascent phases. This includes both the professional and informal support through family members and friends, neighbours, and volunteers. In this conception of support and integration, local populations are then no longer seen as taking on the role of passive receivers for professional aid services and actions, rather they are actively involved and incorporated.
The primary goal of the DRU’s specific sub-project is: to develop a scenario-based understanding of the needs for assistance and resilience potentials of aid and care-dependent persons in their social relations for all phases of the disaster process. In doing so, the sub-project has proposed the following sub-goals:
To realise the goals of this sub-project, the following qualitative and quantitative methods are to be combined: