On 10 May 2022, the results of the survey on disaster preparedness of micor, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Cologne were presented at a press conference. Together with the Cologne Fire Brigade Office for Fire Protection, Rescue Services and Civil Protection (AFRB) and the Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK Köln), the MYrisk team was able to survey 775 companies last year about their experiences with disasters and the risk minimisation measures they had taken.
Prof. Dr Frauke Kraas, together with Dr Christian Miller (AFRB) and Dr Nicole Grünewald (IHK Cologne), presented the results and the derived recommendations for action on the premises of the IHK Cologne. Since 83% of the companies surveyed do not yet have an emergency plan, there is an urgent need to create awareness for disaster preparedness. Disasters can affect anyone, as demonstrated not only by the flood disaster in the Ahr valley, which caught many companies unprepared. If MSMEs are interested in improving their disaster preparedness, they can find information in a flyer that was also presented at the press conference. The definition of protected goods and a hazard analysis are the first steps towards an emergency plan that can help MSMEs in an emergency (link to the IHK homepage). After the presentations, the experts answered questions from the press. A report by Lokalzeit Köln appeared on the same day, the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger and Radio Köln reported the following day.