Video Story Contest #MyResilienceStory

The Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) piloted the #MyResilienceStory video contest from March 3rd to April 12th of 2015 to raise awareness on how local efforts and actions are contributing to community resilience. Through this initiative, the GDPC highlighted disaster preparedness efforts and best practices of disaster risk management around the world by showing how volunteers and disaster practitioners are working towards resilience through simple actions that help individuals and communities prepare for disasters. Building on this experience with the video story contest, the GDPC is planning future rounds of the #MyResilienceStory contest to enable local champions of disaster preparedness and resilience to tell their stories on how their approaches are making their communities resilient.

The GDPC is proud to announce the following the five contest winners of the first round of the video contest #MyResilienceStory:

1st place: Franco Ramiro Parrales, Cruz Roja Nicaraguense 


2nd place: Marcelo Lòpez, Cruz Roja Ecuatoriana, Provincia de Tungurahua

#MyResilienceStory Marcelo López Ecuador

3rd place: Celso Florez, Cruz Roja Colombiana, Riohacha

#MyResilienceStory Celso Fs CRCSG

4th place: Oscar Iván Arce, Cruz Roja Ecuatoriana. Junta Cantonal Huaquillas

#MyResilienceStory Oscar Ivan Arce

5th place: Ricardo Ríos, Cruz Roja Chilena, Comuna de Tomé

My Resilience Story Bellavista Tomé CHILE

The call-to-action and terms and conditions for the 1st round of submissions of the #MyResilienceStory video contest were as follow:

Call to action:

Raise awareness through your personal story by sharing in a 2-5 minute video how you are contributing to make your community resilient by preparing your community for disasters and/or tackling risks through innovative solutions.


1.       Use your smartphone, tablet or video camera and capture in a 2-5 minute video how you are contributing to make your community disaster resilient and the lessons you learned from it.

2.       Upload your video to your YouTube channel with the title #MyResilienceStory and your name. Write a brief description of your story including the city and/or country.

a.       Guidelines on how to upload a video to YouTube

3.       Create an account in and share the YouTube link of your video as a resource.

a.       Guidelines on how to create an account in

b.      Guidelines on how to add your #MyResilienceStory YouTube video in as a resource

4.       Share through your social networks the link of your #MyResilienceStory video with the hashtags #MyResilienceStory, #Road2Sendai and #WCDRR. Ask your friends to share your video as well. The number of views will increase your chances of getting selected.  Up to five winners will be selected.

a.       Guidelines on how to share on social media your #MyResilienceStory video through

(Note: if you have any problems uploading the video to Youtube or to you can write us at


Video Story submissions will be accepted from March 3rd until April 12th . (Extended deadline)

Winners will be notified via email on April 24th 

Key questions to consider:

·         How is your community resilient?  (See description of resilience below)

·         Highlight how you “Prepare. Innovate. Learn. Together.” by addressing the following questions: (May answer one or all of them)

o   Prepare: What’s your simple solution to prepare for disasters?

o   Innovate: What’s your unique approach to community resilience?

o   Learn: What have you learned in helping your community become disaster resilient?

o   Together: How you share what you’ve learned with your community?

Contest Terms

·         Up to five winners will be selected. All winners will be awarded with a special recognition from the GDPC and will receive as a prize:

  • 1st place: Ipad Air 16 GB & Ipod touch 16 GB
  • 2nd place: Ipad mini 16 GB & Ipod touch 16 GB
  • 3rd place: Ipad mini 16 GB
  • 4th & 5th place: Ipod touch 16 GB

·         All participants will have the chance to highlight their efforts on

·         Selected finalist will have their stories shared in stories section in

·         All stories submitted will agree/consent to have their videos shared on our website and on our YouTube channel.

·         The GDPC may approach any of the contest participants to further collaborate with them and develop a case study about their innovative approach to resilience.

·         The winners will be chosen by a jury selected by the GDPC which will rate the submitted video stories based upon a combination of the following criteria:

  1. Creativity and quality of the video
  2. Message content of the video
  3. Number of views that the video generated
  4. Innovative solution approach
  5. Lessons learned from the message that can be applied to other contexts

·         The winners of the contest will be notified via email and they will need to submit their address so the GDPC can send the granted price.

·         Participants can submit just one video, either as an individual or a team. However, just one prize will be awarded per participant or group of participants.

·         Videos should be submitted in any of the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, and German.

·         Participants don’t need to be affiliated to any Red Cross or Red Crescent Society to participate in this contest.

·        Questions? Email us at

See Official Rules for restrictions that apply.

Para español de clic aquí / For Spanish click here.

Pour française cliquer ici/ For French click here. 

About the GDPC

The Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) is a resource center that promotes innovation in disaster preparedness and supports research and knowledge sharing amongst disaster preparedness professionals worldwide. Established in 2012 by the American Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the primary aim is to strengthen the disaster preparedness capacities of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network in order to help safeguard communities from future disasters.

About Resilience:

Resilience is defined by the IFRC as the ability of individuals, communities, organizations or countries exposed to disasters, crises and underlying vulnerabilities to anticipate, reduce the impact of, cope with and recover from the effects of adversity without compromising their long-term prospects.

Recent research has put forward six core characteristics that suggest a ‘safe and resilient’ community:

  1. is knowledgeable and healthy, with the ability to assess, manage and monitor relevant risks while learning new skills to better address these while tapping collective experience.
  2. is organised. It has the capacity to identify problems, establish priorities and act.
  3. is connected. It has relationships with external actors who provide a wider supportive environment, and supply goods and services when needed
  4. has infrastructure and services. It has strong housing, transport, power, water and sanitation systems. It has the ability to maintain, repair and renovate them.
  5. has economic opportunities. It has a diverse range of employment opportunities, income and financial services.  It is flexible, resourceful and has the capacity to accept uncertainty and respond (proactively) to change.
  6. can manage its natural assets. It recognizes their value and has the ability to protect, enhance and maintain them. (IFRC, 2012)

Click here to learn more about resilience.

Click here to know more about the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), the GDPC’s participation at the WCDRR and how to get involed with the WCDRR.

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