Asia-Pacific News

INSARAG Secretariat and OCHA ROAP in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The INSARAG Secretariat and OCHA ROAP is this week in Chiang Mai, Thailand to support the national disaster management authorities (DDPM) in preparation for the Asia Pacific Earthquake Response Exercise(ERE) in December 2019.  

The INSARAG AP network supported with 15 senior experts from Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. WHO and the ASEAN AHA Center also participated along with 30 national participants from DDPM and government agencies. 

The planning is for the annual table-top ERE and based on a probable earthquake scenario that requires an international response in accordance to the INSARAG guidelines and international humanitarian response arrangements. The main objective of this exercise is to strengthen the effectiveness and coordination of national and international response.  


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USAR Coordination Train-the-Trainer course in the Asia-Pacific Region, New Zealand

The UCC course for Asia Pacific Region took place from 20 to 24 in Roturua, New Zealand with 25 participants from 6 countries (NZ, Australia, Italy, China, Singapore, NL)

The UCC Tot course in Rotorua had 3 goals.

  1. To train new trainers in the delivery of the UCC course
  2. Introduce the INSARAG Information Management System (IIMS) to the UCC methodology 
  3. To develop a proper Train the Trainer package for UC.

All three goals were met, with instructors and participants both enjoying learning new skills and making new friends.

The value of the international component in giving a wider view of the issues cannot be overstated, and the shared experiences add to the overall understanding and comprehension of the role of UCC.

Fantastic result and more opportunities to improve coordination skills and potential outcomes..

After all, Coordination Saves Lives.

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