Country’s ability to effectively raise awareness, and to communicate about existing natural hazards, and disaster risks, about the ways to prevent and mitigate them, how to prepare to respond to disasters, and how to deal with their consequences is one of the key and crucial preconditions for the overall success of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and disaster risk management (DRM). The EU-funded Programme on Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters in the Eastern Partnership Countries (PPRD East 2 Programme), as one of its priorities, supports the Partner Countries to raise awareness about disasters in their respective countries.
The work is mainly organized at national level. In Ukraine, a National Working Group on Raising Awareness about Disasters (RAD) has been established with the aim to develop the National Communication Strategy, the cornerstone for successful conceptualisation and implementation of all public awareness raising related activities in the country, such are, for example, national awareness raising campaigns for general public, for school children; production of publications and other informative materials on how to behave before, during and after disasters, how to prevent and mitigate them; media campaigns; etc.
The inaugural meeting of the UA RAD Working Group was held in Kyiv on 3 November 2016 in the Ukrainian Institute of Management of Civil Protection.