Get involved in disaster risk reduction education! Using hands-on models to teach about school safety by IMMOD in Bodrum, Turkey.
Risk RED in the Media
UNICEF Podcast, 9 May 2011, Risk RED Co-director (at the time) Marla Petal and Risk RED Advisory Board Member Ben Wisner discuss "The role of education in protecting children when disaster strikes": Read and listen.
Travel Channel, 13 April 2011, Risk RED Co-director (at the time) Marla Petal advises on travel "Tips for Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness": Read the article.
YouTube with the World Bank, 31 January 2011, Risk RED Co-director (at the time) Marla Petal is featured for "Making Schools Safer from Disasters: Global Initiatives to Scale-up Comprehensive School Safety": Watch the video.
DotEarth New York Times blog, 2 March 2010, Risk RED is highlighted in Andy Revkin's New York Times blog on being ready for disaster: Read the blog.
Risk RED's purpose is to increase
the effectiveness and impact of disaster risk reduction education. This
is accomplished by bridging the gaps between idea and audience, local
and non-local practitioner knowledge, content and design, and research
Risk RED facilitates information
sharing globally by gathering, developing and populating a dynamic,
labor-saving, multi-lingual, multiregional, multi-media
content management environment for use by organizations active in
disaster risk reduction. Ongoing development and design of publications
and products will be applied in a
digital online environment to enable rapid access to a broad variety of
disaster risk reduction educational materials.
Risk RED coordinates and
collaborates to develop high-quality printed and digital materials,
including self-study and instructional curricula, presentations,
fact-sheets, booklets, research dissemination reports, posters, games,
computer games, toys, models, comics, performing and cultural arts
media, press kits, and
global and regional marketing strategies for disaster risk reduction
education for multiple audiences.
Risk RED collaborates to
determine, develop and promote good practices in translation,
localization of content, and design of a wide range of print and
digital media, products, and cultural arts vehicles for risk
Risk RED is a not-for-profit corporation (501c(3)) registered in California with voluntary Board Members:
Mark Benthien, director of communication, education, and outreach for the Southern California Earthquake Center.
Marla Petal, founding Co-Director.
Michelle Katz, Esq., intellectual property rights lawyer.
Phyllis Ginsburg, volunteer.
Subhash Vaid, marketing strategist.
Research Briefs and Policy Briefs, Literature Reviews, and Publications
Research and policy briefs and literature reviews are developed to
bridge the gaps amongst different sectors and to link knowledge and
action. These are designed to provide field workers and decision-makers
with a rapid overview of research findings and links to key resources
and are customized to meet client needs. Examples:
Research and Strategy Development to Link Knowledge and Action
Risk RED consults in program review and strategic planning to
strengthen education, training, and leadership development programs.
Consultation and Training in Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction
Team Members and Associates are leading international consultants
providing hands-on process guidance and training in core competency
areas for developing, testing, and maintaining community-based disaster
risk reduction programs. For example:
Petal, M. and Z. Turkmen. 2007. Disaster Resiliency for Community and Professional Responders: Participant Workbook, Developed with support from the Simon Foundation, full text
(633 kb in pdf).
DREAMS: Disaster Risk Educational Materials Content Management System
The DREAMS Project is being developed to allow high quality educational
materials to be shared, translated, adapted, and impact-tested, in
order to scale up for wide dissemination of consistent disaster risk
reduction messages to different audiences. The information architecture
for DREAMS will be a dynamic, multi-lingual, multi-regional,
multi-media content management database and related style sheets
through which 'camera-ready' end-products can be made available for
physical and electronic distribution and for adaptation for local
cultures and purposes. Download the full DREAMS Concept Paper (68 kb in pdf) and the report from the implementation in Turkey (2,081 kb in pdf).
Organizations interested in exploring possible collaborations for any of these activities are encouraged to
contact Risk RED.
Less shoes, more education please (Suva, Fiji).
(Copyright Ilan Kelman 2005.)
Risk RED Annual Report 2007-2008. 2008. Full text (459 kb in PDF).
Risk RED Annual Report 2008-2009. 2009. Full text (868 kb in PDF).
Risk RED Annual Report 2010 (As of 2010, Risk RED prepares an annual report for each calendar year). 2010. Full text (942 kb in PDF).
Risk RED Annual Report 2011. 2011. Full text (1,080 kb in PDF).
Risk RED Bulletin October 2007: Communities of Practice. 2007. Full text (151 kb in PDF).
Risk RED Bulletin May 2008: Guidelines for
Development of Disaster Risk Reduction Public Educational Materials. 2008. Full text, (459 kb in PDF) with thanks to Balaka Dey, Ilan Kelman, Bishnu Pandey, Zeynep Turkmen, and Ben Wisner.
Risk RED Bulletin February 2009: Great Southern California ShakeOut 2008 - Summary. 2009. Full text (37 kb in PDF).
Risk RED Newsletter. 2006. Volume 1, Number 1, full text (900 kb in PDF).
Kelman, I. (ed.). 2007. "Earthquake Safety of Schoolchildren". Special issue of Regional Development Dialogue,
vol. 28, no. 2. Includes contributions from Risk RED people Ben Wisner,
Bishnu Pandey, Djillali Benouar, Manu Gupta, Marla Petal, Nevra Ertürk,
Rebekah Green, Sanjaya Bhatia, and Yasamin Izadkhah plus with thanks to
Allan Lavell. Download the table of contents (124 kb in PDF)
Kelman, I. 2011. "Norway, islands in the sun, and climate change education". The Foreigner, 5 October 2011, full text (as a webpage).
Kelman, I. and B. Cordonnier. 2009. "Community Disaster and Sustainability Teams for Civil Protection". Geophysical Research Abstracts, vol. 11, session NH10.15/EG7 "Improving coordination between European civil protection and the scientific community" at the EGU General Assembly 2009, Vienna, Austria, 19-24 April 2009, abstract (93 kb in PDF) and full text (484 kb in PDF).
Petal, M., R. Green, I.
Kelman, R. Shaw, and A. Dixit. 2008. "Community-based construction for
disaster risk reduction". Chapter 10, pp. 191-217 in L. Bosher (ed.), Hazards and the Built Environment: Attaining Built-in Resilience, Taylor and Francis, London, U.K.
Petal, M. and Y.O. Izadkhah. 2008. "Concept Note:
Formal and Informal Education for Disaster Risk Reduction". Prepared
for the International Conference on School Safety, Islamabad, Pakistan, May 2008, full text (137 kb in PDF).
Risk RED. 2007. "Community-based Disaster Preparedness Worldwide". Poster at the Annual Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, Boulder, Colorado, USA, 11-12 July 2007, abstract (12 kb in PDF) and full text (172 kb in PDF).
Risk RED. 2007. "Risk Reduction Education for Disasters". Poster at the Annual Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, Boulder, Colorado, USA, 11-12 July 2007, abstract (12 kb in PDF) and full text (116 kb in PDF).
Sharpe, J. and I. Kelman. 2011. "Improving the disaster-related component of secondary school geography education in England". International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 327-343, abstract (8 kb in PDF).
Wisner, B., I.
Kelman, T. Monk, J.K. Bothara, D. Alexander, A.M. Dixit, D. Benouar,
O.D. Cardona, R.C. Kandel, and M. Petal. 2004. Report for the Radix
Network, full text (461 kb in Word format).