Asia Pacific Earthquake Response Exercise 2023

INSARAG Asia Pacific Earthquake Response Exercise 2023 hosted by the Australian government from 21-25 August 2023 in Brisbane, Australia. The exercise organizers were the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), Fire and Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW), and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The objective of the exercise was to practice the INSARAG methodology with national and international responding organizations, having 330 participants from all relevant national government agencies as well as international USAR, EMT, UNDAC members, and MapAction. This exercise was designed to consist of two separate streams. The first stream is dedicated to National Response Coordination to go through the procedure of accepting international assistance, while the second stream is focused on coordination of the international response teams and activities to allow both national and international participants to practice the international deployment cycle with comprehensive and realistic scenario of Australia.

The preparedness phase is the period between disaster responses. In this phase, USAR Teams undertake preparatory measures to ensure that they are at the highest level of readiness for deployment as possible. Teams will conduct training and exercises, review lessons-learned from previous experiences, update Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as required, and plan future responses.

The documents in this Technical Reference Library (TRL) section are Best Practices shared by USAR teams and INSARAG Working Groups. They are not endorsed by INSARAG and should be viewed as reference Materials. For more information on the TRL, click on this link.

This section is categorized into 7 subsections:

The operations phase is the period when international USAR Teams are performing USAR operations in the affected country. It starts with the arrival of a USAR Team at the Reception/Departure Centre (RDC) in the affected country, registration with the UCC/OSOCC, reporting to the Local Emergency Management Agency (LEMA) (or National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)), and performing of USAR operations. The phase ends when the USAR Team is instructed to cease operations.

The documents in this Technical Reference Library (TRL) section are Best Practices shared by USAR teams and INSARAG Working Groups. They are not endorsed by INSARAG and should be viewed as reference Materials. For more information on the TRL, click on this link– links the reader to TRL Tab in INSARAG.org

This section is categorized into 7 subsections:

This Guidance Notes section contains the INSARAG endorsed Checklists which complements the INSARAG Guidelines and USAR operations.

For more information on the Guidance Notes section and document submission process, please click on the following link.

For the sub-sections under Checklist, please refer to the following links