On behalf of Poland and the INSARAG Secretariat 

Dear INSARAG Focal Points and Network Members,

It is with great pleasure that we launch the INSARAG Global Meeting (IGM) Portal, which is a dedicated website designed as a ‘one stop shop’ for all of the information related to the 3rd INSARAG Global Meeting, which will take place virtually on 06 October 2021. 

On the IGM Portal, available at this link 3rd INSARAG Global Meeting (unocha.org), you will find the events’ programs and a registration area, as well as two new and innovative features: A Canvas Sheet section where we welcome INSARAG members and humanitarian networks from around the world to share relevant quotes, photos, stories, videos and any other multimedia materials in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the INSARAG, and an Exhibition Area, an online space dedicated to showcasing regional projects and humanitarian preparedness and response technologies.

You are invited to explore the portal, upload your photos and quotes in the Canvas Sheets, and participate in the Technical Discussion Forum, an interactive page where you can discuss technical topics with the aim of exchanging good practices and  experience exchange.  

You are welcome to submit your applications for the Exhibition Area to the INSARAG Secretariat at insarag@un.org by the extended deadline of September 20.

The IGM Portal will be regularly updated with new information, events’ details, and content. 

The INSARAG Secretariat is looking forward to seeing you all at the 3rd INSARAG Global Meeting and should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


Poland and INSARAG Secretariat 

Dear INSARAG Classified Teams, Friends and Colleagues,

With Thanks and on behalf of the INSARAG Information Management Working Group (IMWG), we like to inform you that they have completed a large upgrade to the INSARAG Coordination and Management System (ICMS) which incorporates the 2020 form changes as well as many backend improvements.

Over the next several weeks, your ICMS instance will be upgraded to the new version.  In this upgrade, all data within your instance will be deleted.  If you have a need to upgrade sooner (planning a large exercise, IEC/IER planning, etc), or a need to upgrade later (exercise underway), please let us know for scheduling purposes.

Thank you for your time and please let us know if you have any questions please get in touch with John Morrison ( Morrison, John C <John.Morrison@fairfaxcounty.gov>) directly.

Thank you.

ISG Chairman’s Summary 2021 Link

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of Ambassador Manuel Bessler, INSARAG Global Chairman, I would like to sincerely thank you all for your feedback to the draft and your engagements in the INSARAG Steering Group Meeting on 4 May 2021. Kindly find the ISG 2021 Chairman’s Summary attached.

We are confident that we can count on your strong support in the important follow-up work as directed by the ISG, as we move towards the virtual 30th Anniversary Global Meeting in October.

The INSARAG Technical Guidance Notes provide non-binding guidance to USAR teams beyond what is specified as minimum requirements by the INSARAG Guidelines. These Technical Guidance Notes are prepared by the INSARAG working groups and then endorsed by the INSARAG Steering Group. Please note that these Technical Guidance Notes are not parts of the INSARAG Guidelines, they are only good practices and recommendations. They are not the expectations from INSARAG member USAR teams or those USAR teams that undergo the INSARAG External Classification (IEC) process.

Medical Guidance Notes:

  1. Amputations and Dismemberment Link – endorsed in 2011
  2. Identification of USAR Medical PersonnelLink – endorsed in 2011
  3. Post Mission Medical ReportingLink – endorsed in 2011
  4. Provision of Medical Care in an Austere Environment Specifically in a Confined Space Link – endorsed in 2011
  5. Recovery of Deceased During USAR Operations – Link – endorsed in 2011
  6. The Donation of Medical Supplies and Equipment Prior to DemobilisationLink – endorsed in 2011
  7. The Medical Management of the Entrapped Patient with Crush SyndromeLink – endorsed in 2019
  8. Patient Treatment RecordLink – endorsed in 2012
  9. Urban Search and Rescue in Extreme Environmental ConditionsLink – endorsed in 2014
  10. INSARAG Injury and Illness LogLink – endorsed in 2019
  11. Template Letter requesting Ability to Practice USAR MedicineLink – endorsed in 2019
  12. INSARAG Patient Treatment FormLink – endorsed in October 2019

Medical Guidance Note – Defining USAR MedicineLink

MWG Covid-19 USAR Response Technical Reference NoteLink

Dear Colleagues,

Invitation to the upcoming Digitally Connected Learning on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord DCL). 

The virtual event will be held from 7 June to 16 July 2021. 

Applications are welcome before Monday 24 May at https://vosocc.unocha.org/Reg/srvy472_UN-CMCoord_DCL3.html 

Please find attached our invitation letter, together with the weekly programme. Additional information is also available on our website at https://sites.google.com/dialoguing.org/home/training-and-partnership/digitally-connected-learning 

UN-CMCoord DCL comprises 5-6 hours of mandatory individual/peer/group work per week over a period of six weeks. Upon full and active participation, graduates will receive a certificate equal to the residential UN-CMCoord course and be considered with priority for a residential UN-CMCoord training event.

For any questions or support with the application process, please contact Anne-Sophie Allegre (allegre@un.org )