Where there is smoke: a publication from the Coordinator

The Coordinator’s latest publication is a chapter (Chapter 19) in a Springer publication: Geohazards and Disaster Risk Reduction: Multidisciplinary and Integrated Approaches. The chapter is about normalising and achieving all hazards preparedness in the community, and you can find the ebook on the Springer site here. An excerpt relevant to SAVEM is this paragraph:

Dependent others

Social microclimates include dependent others – the very young, elderly, those with ill-health or a disability. Animals also can be considered dependent others, and their welfare is frequently linked to human physical and psychological health (Chur-Hansen, 2010; Cordaro, 2012; Heath & Linnabary, 2015).  The role of assistance animals is increasingly well documented with respect to human well-being. For livestock farmers, an economic relationship does not exclude emotional attachment to livestock, and both are considerations when designing preparedness programs. (Chur-Hansen, 2010; Westcott et al., 2017a, 2017b). While the basic human urge to save a dependent other at the risk of personal safety may never be overcome, learned coping appraisals and adaptive responses, in combination with proactive preparedness routines as part of everyday living, aim to facilitate pre-hazard behaviors that overall reduce risk-taking while achieving a more effective response with less trauma and anxiety.

This chapter makes clear links to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the One Health and One Welfare concepts. These are intricately connected to what we do at SAVEM.