With the aim of creating a sense of ownership, risk management experts visited Thurn and liaise with a set of municipality members who are often engaged in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) on a voluntary basis and dispose of a breadth of DRR know-how. Local volunteers have expertise in analyzing technical risks like fires, natural-hazard risks such as avalanches or floods and other man-made risks like blackouts or a disruption in fresh-water supply. In a workshop, the volunteers were brought together and drive the process themselves, guaranteeing an optimal participatory action this way. During the three-hour workshop, the participants were asked to contribute not only in their specific field of expertise, but also to think about potential parallel events and cascading effects. The workshop led to a deeper understanding of risk management processes and their relevance for social and economic growth as well as an increasing risk awareness of all participants.
Under the supervision of the alpS risk management experts, the group mapped all risks for Thurn and initiated the capacity-building process by establishing a local DRR team. This team is currently working on the implementation of technical and organisational prevention measures as well as increasing the preparedness of Thurn in case of an emergency. Follow-up workshops and meetings are organized to carry out the action plan agreed on, and all the workshops processes and results are captured in and supported by a dynamic knowledge repository, a software tool called ORTIS.