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Structural engineer course 2019

THW Germany and the Italian Civil protection are hosting the third USAR Structural Engineering Course in Poggioreale, Sicily from May 12th to 17th 2019.

The course is open only for engineers from classified USAR Teams or those will undergo IEC or NAP soon! As seats are limited and in the last two courses the majority of participants was coming from the AEME region, we will give priority to engineers from America and the Asia-Pacific region!

The course is a mix of lectures from experienced engineers about missions, engineering challenges and specific topics like “Shoring of heritage buildings”, Break-out sessions on engineering themes and a full day ASR2 exercise in the old city of Poggioreale that was destroyed in 1968 by an earthquake.

Please look in the VO for the training section and register soon.

For additional clarification, please contact Mr Peter Goxharaj at

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INSARAG Steering Group (ISG) 2019

In the margins of Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week from 4th to 8th February 2019, the INSARAG Steering Group (ISG) Closed Meeting was held on Wednesday 6th February from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, and included the participation of Ambassador Manuel Bessler, the Global, Mr. Rudolf Muller, Chief, Emergency Response Support Branch, Regional and Troika Chair members, Working Group Chairs and the INSARAG Secretariat. This ensured a more focused and effective approach to consultations and empowered the Regional Chairs to take greater ownership and convey the feedback from their regions to the decisions and endorsements made at the ISG level. The deliberations were based on the key policy and technical issues that have been consulted upon in all the three regions and team leader meetings of 2018.

These recommendations were then brought forward to the second part, the ISG Open Meeting. Held on Thursday 7th February from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, and included the participation of Ms. Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Ramesh Rajasingham, Director of Coordination Division, the Global Chair, Regional Chairs and Working Group Chairs represented the ISG in presenting the collective and agreed recommendations to the wider participants of the ISG – including 166 participants from member states and organizations, INSARAG classified teams representatives, partners and the HNPW network participants.

On 5th of February, Ms. Ursula Mueller met with the DG Ming Zhao from the Ministry of Emergency Management and delegation. Ms. Mueller stated that China is a leader in responding to natural disasters.


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  Background documents:

2020 INSARAG Global Meeting - Concept Note

- Annex to the Matrix

- Concept Note - " Beyond Operations in Collapses Structures Dual-Use Concept

- Concept Note - "INSARAG Strategic Objectives 2020-2025"

- Concept Note - "Strengthening  Partnerships"

- Concept Paper - Technical Reference Library Draft

- ENG ISG Chairman Summary 2018

- ISRI Guide

- INSARAG 2019 Calendar version 130219

- INSARAG_Snapshot 2018

- ISG 2019 Decision Matrix v240119

- Latest INSARAG IER Checklist 2019

- Medical Guidance Note defining USAR Medicine INSARAG MWG Version 2018

- ISG 2019 Agenda Closed Meeting

- ISG 2019 Agenda Open Meeting

- Powerpoint presentation ISG 2019 Open Meeting

UN-CMCoord Course for the Middle East, 7-11 April 2019 Naples, Italy

We are pleased to share with you the invitation letter for our upcoming United Nations Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord) Course for the Middle East.

We would be most grateful if you could help us disseminate the invitation among interested OCHA colleagues and partners.

UN-CMCoord Course for the Middle East, Naples, Italy, 7-11 April 2019

Applicants must complete the UN-CMCoord eCourse at  before applying for this UN-CMCoord course. They can choose to obtain a certificate for either “Chapter 5: Working in Natural Disasters” or “Chapter 6: Working in Complex Emergencies”. Applications, which do not meet this requirement, will not be considered in the selection process.

More information on upcoming UN-CMCoord and Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme (PREP) training events are also available on our webpage at

News from INSARAG Information Management Working Group

During the Modex exercise, the INSARAG Information Management Working Group was running a full operational test of a new dashboard system to display collected information which assists USAR teams in managing USAR coordination.

The system was used within Modex by the participants, within exercise control, and by the INSARAG Classification team. 

Attached minutes from the IM WG Meeting in Tinglev Untitled 1



BSAFE - New Security Training

The United Nations Security Management System has released BSAFE, the new online security awareness training course.

BSAFE replaces the two existing courses, Basic Security in the Field (BSITF) and Advanced Security in the Field (ASITF).

BSAFE can be completed within one hour, is mobile friendly and you only have to be completed once.

BSAFE has been released in English and French and will be released in the other UN official languages by early 2019.

The BSAFE course is now available through

We encourage the INSARAG IEC Teams to take on this new online Security Awareness Training.

Happy Learning!