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  Heal The Hood

Community-Based Emergency Communication

Using the knowledge learned from recent disasters, which exposed a lack of communication and emergency response, students investigated all aspects of emergency response to disasters including bioterrorism, natural disasters, and pandemics.  The team evaluated public awareness and explored the types of services needed to support emergency response in times of crisis, focusing on special populations.  Students dissected response models to disaster, researched public service initiatives and focused on bioterrorism using knowledge learned from other recent disasters.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there are substantial plans in place for emergency response; however, the communication of this information is not directed to or visible to the public.  Design could be a critical tool in communicating such vital information, specifically when assisting groups of people with diverse needs.

After several months of research the team found that messages about disaster prevention and response became secondary in communities that are confronted with more urgent, recurring issues like gang violence. Not only do concerns about chronic emergencies outweigh disaster messages; often these issues are exacerbated by the stresses that occur during an acute emergency. Working with community organizations in Little Village, the team focused on creating design strategies that target these chronic emergencies while identifying ways in which these communication pathways can also be used in the case of acute disasters.

The Archeworks Team worked with members of the Little Village Community to develop an interactive Web site to raise community awareness. View project web site www.healingthehood.org

 

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