Preparedness for Mass Gatherings: Factors to Consider According to the Rescue Authorities

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine en
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Social Policy en
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine en
dc.contributor.author Koski, Anssi
dc.contributor.author Kouvonen, Anne
dc.contributor.author Sumanen, Hilla
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-08T08:58:01Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-08T08:58:01Z
dc.date.issued 2020-02-20
dc.identifier.citation Koski , A , Kouvonen , A & Sumanen , H 2020 , ' Preparedness for Mass Gatherings: Factors to Consider According to the Rescue Authorities ' , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , vol. 17 , no. 4 , 1361 . https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041361 en
dc.identifier.issn 1660-4601
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dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0001-6997-8312/work/73631692
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/314731
dc.description.abstract Background: Mass gatherings cause a need for multi-authority preparedness in order to ensure the safety of the event participants and to minimize delays in response for emergencies. Rescue authorities are key players in the pre-planning phase; however, their own point of view regarding all aspects of preparedness for mass gatherings is not well known. The aim of this study was to investigate what factors, according to the rescue authorities, need to be considered when preparing for mass gatherings. Method: Semi-structured thematic interviews were carried out with the rescue authorities involved in the mass gathering planning process (n = 15). The transcribed material was analyzed using inductive content analysis. Results: Three main categories emerged from the interviews: (1) co-operation in the pre-planning phase, (2) factors to be noted in the emergency plan, and (3) actions during the event. These categories were divided into 11 generic categories, which were further divided into 42 sub-categories. Conclusion: Rescue authorities recognized various factors considering preparedness for mass gatherings. Knowledge considering the dispersion of operative workload during the event needs further investigation in order to facilitate the effective use of limited operative resources. fi
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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dc.subject 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health en
dc.title Preparedness for Mass Gatherings: Factors to Consider According to the Rescue Authorities en
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dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041361
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