Crisis Management

Holistic crisis management and municipal crisis teams form the basis of an appropriate response capacity

The COVID-19 pandemic posed enormous challenges to countries and municipalities worldwide. Cities with robust governance and health infrastructure tended to be more capable to manage the pandemic and to experience lower mortality rates. Furthermore, a combination of proactive surveillance, routine communication, rapid isolation, personal and community protection (e.g., social distancing) and rapid vaccinations have proven to be effective measures in combating the pandemic. These measures tend to be most effectively developed, coordinated and implemented when cities have holistic crisis management in place, including municipal crisis teams.

Cities play a key role in pandemic mitigation and post-pandemic recovery, for which it is necessary to evaluate their municipal response strategies. By understanding underlying challenges, joint concepts for pandemic control can be developed and a socially, environmentally and economically appropriate and just recovery from the crisis can be facilitated.

Another sector that deserves attention is the education sector, which has been severely impacted by school and day-care closures during COVID-19 induced lockdowns. In order to avoid massive loss of education during future pandemic or crisis situations, cities are now challenged to establish effective and agile municipal crisis management for their educational facilities. 

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Training course and handbook

E-Learning

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Self-study course: Crisis Management

Self-study course: Crisis Management

26.02.2021

Basics, methods and principles.

Handbook

About the course & handbook


The online course and the handbook provide employees of public health departments, but also of other institutions, with practical advice on how to prepare for emergency response in crisis situations and convey the basics of crisis management. In addition to technical aspects, recommendations for action are given in particular for operational planning and staff work.


The English translation of the course and the manual was supported by Connective Cities.
 

 

News & Events

News

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Frankfurt (Oder) - Slubice: Together against the pandemic

Frankfurt (Oder) - Slubice: Together against the pandemic

13.06.2022

Cross-border solidarity between Frankfurt (Oder), Germany and Słubice, Poland.

Connective Cities Insight Session – Special Edition Ukraine

Connective Cities Insight Session – Special Edition Ukraine

27.04.2022

Virtual event on May 17, 2022

Designing Disaster Risk Reduction strategies from local to national levels by harnessing the INFORM platform

Designing Disaster Risk Reduction strategies from local to national levels by harnessing the INFORM platform

20.04.2022

Review of the virtual event of the Working Group on Risk Informed Urban Development on 29 March…

Development of Covid-19 recovery solutions at municipal level in the areas of Crisis Management

Development of Covid-19 recovery solutions at municipal level in the areas of Crisis Management

21.01.2022

The project of prototyping solutions covered Southeast Europe (SEE) and was conducted from September…

 

Good practices and learning experiences

Videos & podcasts

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Frankfurt (Oder) - Slubice: Together against the pandemic

Frankfurt (Oder) - Slubice: Together against the pandemic

13.06.2022

Cross-border solidarity between Frankfurt (Oder), Germany and Słubice, Poland.

Development of Covid-19 recovery solutions at municipal level in the areas of Crisis Management

Development of Covid-19 recovery solutions at municipal level in the areas of Crisis Management

21.01.2022

The project of prototyping solutions covered Southeast Europe (SEE) and was conducted from September…

Municipal Response to COVID-19: Crisis management

Municipal Response to COVID-19: Crisis management

13.08.2021

Video with insights into the virtual global exchange on April 28, 2021

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

Connective Cities' COVID-19 programme 2021

27.07.2021

Urban practitioners working together on the municipal pandemic recovery

Interview with Hugo Salomão França: Crisis Communication

Interview with Hugo Salomão França: Crisis Communication

04.03.2021

"Our technical-scientific way instead of political management was a fundamental approach during this…

Interview with Ahmad Zeyad: Public Health and Crisis Management

Interview with Ahmad Zeyad: Public Health and Crisis Management

26.02.2021

"You should always trust and believe in your own capabilities to combat crisis and raise the…

Interview with Awande Buthelezi: Crisis Management and Digitalisation

Interview with Awande Buthelezi: Crisis Management and Digitalisation

24.02.2021

"There is a gap between how municipalities and the state provide services and the experiences of…

Interview with Daniel Onyango on Crisis Communication

Interview with Daniel Onyango on Crisis Communication

17.02.2021

"Indigenous knowledge and skills and the ability of communities to respond to crisis is something…

Interview with Leila Ben Gacem: Social Innovation

Interview with Leila Ben Gacem: Social Innovation

15.02.2021

"I think as city councillors we need to think as social entrepreneurs."

Good practices

Dialogue mechanisms and targeted financial relief

09/08/2022

As part of its assistance during the COVID 19 pandemic, the Kotor Municipality has adopted a number of measures to…

 

Fundraising campaign for medical institutions in Straseni, Moldova

19/07/2022

Municipality of Straseni supporting the medical institutions with various types of donations to foster uninterrupted…

 

Good practices

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The city of Krusevac during the pandemic

The city of Krusevac during the pandemic

12.08.2021

Successful measures of the Serbian city in the area of prevention, health and protection of…

COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control in the cardiovascular hospital in Shanxi, China

COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control in the cardiovascular hospital in Shanxi, China

06.08.2021

Maintaining normal medical services during the pandemic

 

Reviews of virtual events

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Southeast European (SEE) Regional Network continues exchange on recovery methods and practices

Southeast European (SEE) Regional Network continues exchange on recovery methods and practices

07.01.2022

Review of Network Events held under Covid-19 Program in November and December of 2021 in SEE

First Response Mechanisms, Fake News and Crisis Communication

First Response Mechanisms, Fake News and Crisis Communication

04.11.2021

Insights into the South East Europe (SEE) Crisis Management Working Group

Successful Launch of Crisis Management working group in Southeast Europe (SEE)

Successful Launch of Crisis Management working group in Southeast Europe (SEE)

14.10.2021

Review of the Crisis Management Working Group Kick-off Event on 20 September 2021

A new normality: unforeseen climate-related risks

A new normality: unforeseen climate-related risks

07.10.2021

Review of the Insight Session "The importance of disaster preparedness in cities and municipalities:…

 

Publications

Connective Cities Lab Nov 10th - 30th 2021

2021 - Final Report

Connective Cities

Final Report: Virtual Global Exchange

2021 - "Municipal Response to COVID-19" from 23rd November to 3rd December 2020

Connective Cities

Cities Policy Responses

2020 - Tackling coronavirus (COVID‑19) - Contributing to a global effort

OECD

COVID-19 in African cities

2020 - Impacts, Responses and Policies Recommendations

UN-HABITAT, UNCDF, UCLG-Africa, UNECA

UN-Habitat COVID-19 Response Plan

2020 - Leveraging experience, expertise and partnerships to deliver solutions

UN-Habitat

Dealing with the Corona Virus

2020 - Sharing the Experience of German Local Public Utilities in the Water, Energy, and Waste Sector

Verband kommunaler Unternehmen e.V. (VKU)

 
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