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CARISMAND Project aims to deal with the issues of preparedness, response to disasters and after-crisis recovery which is inevitably influenced by cultural background of individuals and the society they live in. In this context culture is understood as the characteristics of a particular group of people defined by everything from a set of values, history, literature, language, religion to cuisine, social habits or music and arts. Cultural factors play an important role in determining the way people response to stress, engage in crisis management and accept disaster relief in an emergency. However, these factors could also negatively impact the professional response to disaster because of the lack of cultural understanding, sensitivity and competencies as well as due to lack of understanding of the cultural background of the victims of a disaster. The project addresses risks as non-objective but socially and culturally constructed. Thus, disaster management which is aware, respects, and makes use of local cultural aspects will be not only more effective but, at the same time, also improve the community’s disaster coping capacities.

CARISMAND is set out to identify these factors, to explore existing gaps and opportunities for improvement of disaster policies and procedures, and to develop a comprehensive toolkit which will allow professional as well as voluntary disaster managers to adopt culturally-aware everyday practices. This goal will be achieved by approaching the links, the gaps between disaster management, culture and risk perception from the broadest possible multi-disciplinary perspective and, at the same time, by developing a feedback-loop between disaster management stakeholders and citizens to establish, test, and refine proposed solutions for culturally-informed best practices in disaster management.

Further information on this project may be found here:

Further information on the SMURD Foundation involvement in this project may be found here:




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The European Project “One minute may save a life” (October 1st 2015 – September 30th 2017) within Erasmus+ Programme, KA2, Vocational, “Education and Training – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training”, has been submitted by Zivac Group – Centrul de Cercetare Comportamentală.

Zivac Group is the initiator and coordinator of this project, involving partners such as: Fundaţia pentru S.M.U.R.D. – România , FG Forensics Group – Italia, Universite Europeenne LLP – UK şi Rivensco Consulting – Cipru


The project objective is to provide education and training for SMURD dispatchers, in order to improve the work of managing emergency calls and to remove psychological barriers faced by these individuals – key pillars in the life saving human.

For further information, please visit the project page:

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This is a control and protection system of the ambulances and the other emergency intervention vehicles which are heading to an incident and pass through the traffic lights crossroads
within the major cities.

Following an agreement from the municipality, the project will be implemented in Târgu-Mureş and  consist in 12 special intervention vehicles equipped with special communication devices and also  8 traffic light crossroads endowed with the necessary systems of the traffic control.

Within this project will be carried out an assessment report that represents the conclusive process necessary for the extension of this initiative to other major cities from Romania.

OBJECTIVES: The advantages of the implementation of this project:
– Improvement of the intervention time.
– Reduction of the number of accidents taking place in the traffic lights crossroads.
– Prevention of the car crashes and the costs related to these.
– Decrease of the liability for the crashes with other vehicles.

Taking into consideration the specific activity carried out by SMURD and the number of incidents  involving ambulances and other emergency intervention vehicles, the implementation of this system in the traffic lights crossroads is particularly necessary.