The Research program Samrisk II – which has funded the Homerisk project – is now moving towards its end and the Research Council of Norway is arranging a conference on october 27th at HIOA to sum up the main results. You find more information about the conference and how to register here.
Nina Heidenstrøm will – on behalf of SIFO and the Project group – present preliminary findings and recommendations from Homerisk at the conference under theme b (Sosiale strukturer, verdier og tillit). There will be possibilities for questions and discussion.
Head of Research Torvald Tangeland from SIFO will also be present at the conference (PI Ardis Storm-Mathisen can unfortunately not attend the conference due to fieldwork abroad on another Research Council Project).
Nina Heidenstrøm and Linda Kvarnlöf has published the article “Coping with blackouts: A practice theory approach to household preparedness” in the Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management.
The article can be downloaded here
August 30th 2017, PhD student Nina Heidenstrøm presented her research on household preparedness in rural and urban areas at the European Sociological Association (ESA) conference in Athens.
Presentation can be downloaded here
August 27th 2017 PI Ardis Storm-Mathisen presented Homerisk research findings on gender, generation and preparedness for power and ICT outages under the title: ‘Coping With modern vulnerabilities – on gender, generation and preparedness in Norway’
The presentation was held in the stream Risks and uncertain furture at ‘Age, Agency Ambiguity’ – the 6th Conference of the Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conference Series, University of Oslo, Norway.
The survey report from work package 3 of the HomeRisk Project is now published. Based on a web-survey among a representative sample of household in Norway, Sweden and Iceland we find:
- Most households view the risk for crisis to be low
- Only 1 of 10 households in Norway and Iceland and 2 of 10 in Sweden, regards it as likely that a serious outage in the electricity and ICT
- Many households have high expectations to receive and provide help should a crisis occur
- Expectations to receive help from government is especially high in Norway
- Expectations to receive help from neigbors is high in all three countries
- The majority of households feel responsible to help others should a crisis occur
- Many households feel ill prepared for a longer power and ICT outage
- Knowledge of public preparedness plans and resources is low
- Few have made preparedness plans of their own or talked about what to do
- Around 3 out of 10 households state a longer power and ICT outage will be serious to them
- Many households are prepared in terms of socio-material resources
- The majority of households know their neigbours and live nearby family
- Most households can help others with clothing, transportation and first aid
- Around half of the households are also able to help others with alternative cooking facilities, batteries, alternative light sources, food and drink should it be necessary
- There are certain variations to these patterns between households of different generations, of urban-rural locations and in the different counties
Storm-Mathisen, A & Lavik, R. 2016. Beredskap for IKT og -elektrisitetsbrudd i nordiske hushold. Homerisk survey resultater fra Norge, Sverige og Island. Prosjektnotat 10-2016. Oslo: SIFO.
Phd-student Nina Heidenstrøm and project manager Ardis Storm-Mathisen from SIFO submitted an abstract for a special issue about networks in the danish journal Akademisk Kvarter, which now has been accepted.
As a part of WP3: “Households’ preparedness for crisis events”, researchers Harald Throne-Holst and Nina Heidenstrøm spent a day in Grue municipality to learn more about the local area including the availability of public services such as fire department, police, medical services etc. as well as the electricity and ICT infrastructure.
The HOMERISK project team has now started working on WP3: “Households’ preparedness for crisis events”. Our first task is to interview households in rural areas about their preparedness for electricity and ICT breakdowns.
The final report of work package 1 of the HomeRisk project is now finished. Based on the national reports of the Icelandic, Swedish and Norwegian National Risk regimes, we find that our three countries have much in common. First of all, that there actually is a number of plans and laws in place. Further, that all three national governments have built up and sustained national and regional capabilities in case of emergencies.