Open access emergency preparedness posters

Participatory workshops


As part of the "Participatory Workshops" project, four "kuš!" artists have created emergency preparedness posters with instructions developed by the Ministry of Defense. What should a 72-hour bag contain and how big should it be? How should you leave your home in the event an evacuation is announced? Download the posters and spread the knowledge further! 

As part of the "Participatory Workshops" project and in cooperation with four professional illustrators - comic artists and the publishing house "kuš!", emergency preparedness posters have been created to illustrate the instructions from the Ministry of Defense booklet on actions during the first 72 hours of the crisis. Artists: Elīna Brasliņa, Jana Ribkina, Ernests Kļaviņš and Oskars Pavlovskis. 

With "stories" in the language of comics, we create an alternative way of informing, the way especially targeting those groups of society who do not use public broadcasting on a daily basis and receive information through other information channels. We encourage everyone to use the open access posters and share them in both digital and print formats. The emergency preparedness posters are available in Latvian, Russian and English.

Download the posters here:

Emergency bag (in Latvian). Elīna Brasliņa

Emergency bag (in Russian). Elīna Brasliņa

Emergency bag (in English). Elīna Brasliņa

The amount of drinking water required during the first 72 hours of a crisis. Oskars Pavlovskis

Action during shelling or air strike. Ernests Kļaviņš

Action in case of evacuation. Jana Ribkina


About “Kuš!” 

“Kuš!” is known as the pioneer of experimental comic art in Latvia, the art publisher with the focus on creating and promoting comics for adults. The small organisation headed by a Swiss, David Schilter, was founded in 2007 and has achieved success internationally, in China, the USA, Australia and other countries. More info: 


About “Participatory Worshops” 

In March 2022, in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and in support of the Ukrainian people, the Medicine History Museum in collaboration with the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA) organised a series of Participatory Workshops over the course of two weeks, where 15 artists explored and practised different forms of activism and protest, using a variety of contemporary art techniques. The aim of the workshops was to keep the discussion and protest at the Russian Embassy alive through creative practices and collaborative action, without letting the ongoing war sink into the oblivion of everyday matters. At the same time, the workshops became a space for politically engaged communal activity, fostering social unity and critical discussion about what was happening, and offering therapeutic cleansing through creative and meaningful activity.   

As the war in Ukraine continues, it is important not to be silent and to remain active and reflective via culture, art, and history. Latvian society is going through a psychological crisis, in which various values and norms are being reassessed. Each of us has also had the opportunity to assess our knowledge and skills in responding to and aiding in crisis situations. Now, perhaps more than ever, it is necessary to regain the lost focus, to promote critical thinking, social cohesion and agency. 

The project "Participatory Workshops" is carried out by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art and funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Programme "Active Citizens Fund".   

Illustration of a woman holding a red bag. Next to the woman are many different emergency and first aid items.


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