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Storm Desmond aftermath research launched

Storm Desmond aftermath research launched

Storm Desmond might be a receding memory for some but how many people are suffering in silence? Could health services, environmental organisations and others do more to help now and in any future events?

Researchers from the University of Cumbria have launched a study which they hope will highlight areas that could be improved from health and hygiene to recovery and future resilience.

“Sometimes symptoms don’t actually emerge until 3 months, 6 months, a year on and we want to be sensitive to that,” Dr Mark Hoelterhoff, Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology at the University of Cumbria said. “Of course it’s important after an event like that to say things like it’s time to move on and pull things together. It’s also important to consider that sometimes it’s not so easy to move on and there are people who are still struggling and still trying to cope.”

A short series of flood related questions that aim to collect information associated with mental well-being, communities working together and business health in response to the 2015 flooding events has been drawn together.

The results will allow views to be presented to a range of strategic stakeholders later this year. The views and experiences of all participants will be combined and help inform the continued debate as to how individuals and communities can become more resilient to future flood events.

The survey can be accessed online at:

http://tinyurl.com/floodscumbria

Answers may be given anonymously and any form of reporting or communication of the findings taken from this survey will be presented in a manner that hides individual responses.

If you’d like more information contact:

Darrell Smith,
Department of Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies,
University of Cumbria,
Fusehill Street,
Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2HH

darrell.smith@cumbria.ac.uk

01228 616352