The massive earthquake in Türkiye on the 6th of February 2023 led to the largest response by the INSARAG community in its 30-year history. Within hours USAR teams from all over the world were mobilizing due to the fastest call for international USAR assistance ever made. Approximately 5000 rescuers within 90 teams worked intensely to save 300 lives during the lifesaving phase, and some stayed longer.
The event provides an opportunity to review the INSARAG Guidelines, Handbooks, team training and their
compliance in a situation where the teams were being truly tested. This report provides recommendations from an analysis of key documents that were created during and after the response. The work on the report started in the spring of 2023 and stopped a few days before the INSARAG Review Meeting in Qatar in October 2023.