Whilst looking at uses of training facilities at the Fire Service College UK, which has a mock motorway amongst other things, I came across this ‘dramatic mockumentary’ (as it has been called), by the BBC. Incidentally, part of the film was shot on the mock motorway. ‘The Day Britain Stopped’ details a fictional transport disaster in the UK, which is precipitated by a rail crash followed by a trade union strike resulting in the overloading of other transport modes at an already busy time of year. Its presentation style is that of a documentary, which looks back at the events that unfolded that day, with eye-witness accounts and interviews of emergency responders and control room operators, supplemented by various methods of visualising the event, including interactive maps and video footage. Continue reading
An article from the Spanish newspaper, El Pais, which is interesting because it addresses some of the actions, decisions and uncertainties implicated in the work of responding to an emergency in its comparison of the response to Ebola in the US and Spain:
- Detection and diagnosis, and the uncertainty
- Activation, relating to the point at which an event is named an emergency (or a crisis, or a disaster…), and how special measures or protocol are implemented
- Monitoring work, to track an event, or to identify other cases
- Communication to stakeholders, at what point does this happen, and how the event is communicated.
A useful resource for finding the latest research at the intersection of security and mobility studies. It comes from the workshop, Security/Mobility – Between Imagination and Authority, organised by ASCA, ACGS and the University of Groningen, which was held at the University of Amsterdam last month.
With thanks to Nat O’Grady, University of Southampton, for the link.
Not long to go until the first Governing Emergencies workshop. We now have details of our speakers and the papers they will present. Continue reading
If you’re heading to the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference this week, there are two sessions we recommend for those interested in research on emergency.
Emergency Life (1): The Event of Emergency – Thursday 28 August 2014
Emergency Life (2): Enacting Emergency – Thursday 28 August 2014
The sessions begin with the challenge that life in, through, as and after emergency has been under- theorized and under-researched in geography. They bring together researchers working on life and emergency understood broadly – remaining open about what counts as, or gets counted as, an emergency.
Further detail can be found via the links above.