From 27th June to 30th June, INSARAG peer expert Classifiers from 5 countries carried out the Classification of Urban Search and Rescue Team of the Tunisia Civil Protection’s Special Unit. On behalf of the INSARAG community, the INSARAG Secretariat congratulates Tunisia to be the 59th country for having incorporated the INSARAG methodology and for meeting the international standards set by the INSARAG guidelines. Congratulations to the Tunisia Civil Protection’s Special Unit!

The Swiss government was pleased to host the INSARAG Earthquake Simulation Exercise 2022 (“SIMEX22”). The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense, had hosted this event in Kriens, Switzerland, from June 20-24, 2022. The specific objective of “SIMEX22” was to train and practice INSARAG methods for disaster response, which provided a unique opportunity for national and international responders to participate in a realistic exercise where disaster victims had to fight for survival under rubble. 13 USAR Teams from 14 countries participated: Armenian, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Nederlands, Qatar, Spain, Turkey, UK, USA and Switzerland.

On behalf of the INSARAG community, the INSARAG Secretariat congratulates the Republic of Chile to be the 6th country for having incorporated the INSARAG methodology and processes into its national USAR structures!

The 7th INSARAG Recognised National Accreditation Process (IRNAP) completed for Cyprus, with strong support from Germany, France and Singapore. Congratulations to Cyprus as the 7th IRNAP !

Since 2015, the INSARAG Guidelines explicitly encourage member states to establish a national accreditation process that is developed, adapted, and framed in the member state’s own reality and recommends using the INSARAG Guidelines as reference. In fact, for several years a growing number of member states have been developing their national process using the INSARAG Guidelines as a reference. In addition, the 2020 INSARAG Guidelines encourage the member states to go even a step further by requesting the INSARAG Recognized National Accreditation Process (IRNAP), which certifies that the USAR system in the member state is completely in accordance with the INSARAG Guidelines methodology.

Annex a: IRNAP Guidance Note 2022 – Link

The member states that are recognized since 2017 are listed below:

Date Member States RG
1 June 2017 France AEME
2 November 2017 Turkey AEME
3 November 2018 Colombia Americas
4 December 2018 Guatemala Americas
5 June 2022 Chile Americas
6 June 2022 Cyprus AEME

Dear INSARAG network:

Please kindly find the two main documents, namely IRNAP guidance note 2022 and UC Handbook 2022, in this post for your reference.

IRNAP Guidance Note 2022 – Link

IRNAP Checklist 2022 – Link

UC Handbook 2022 – Link

Women provide the added strength necessary to our communities and USAR teams to meet the challenges of emergency disaster response. INSARAG is delighted to share photos of some of the women who make up the national Colombian USAR team. These women are strong, flexible, and empowered team members that drive, manage, and strengthen the emergency disaster response in Colombia.

From 25 April to 1 May, INSARAG peer expert Classifiers from 7 countries carried out the Re-classification of Urban Search and Rescue Team USA 1 Fairfax in Fairfax, Virginia.

Congratulations to USA-01!

The INSARAG Steering Group Meeting was held on Tuesday 10th May 2022 and chaired by the INSARAG Global Chair, Ambassador Manuel Bessler. We thank 187 global INSARAG family members for joining us and making it a huge success.

Dear Chairs and Members of Partner Networks,

The UN Secretary General has pledged zero tolerance for inaction against sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment (SEAH) in international cooperation. As members of the international aid community, we are obligated to prevent, detect and respond to SEAH.

At the HNPW 2022, we invite you to join us at “Fit for PSEAH?” – an interactive live theatre event that addresses this highly topical and challenging issue. On 11 May 2022, from 4 to 5.30 pm, professional actors will take us on a PSEAH journey, guiding us through two fictional scenarios drawn from our daily reality in the field.

We will experience and explore what SEAH means to those involved, what it triggers in us, what questions it raises and how we should act. Together, we will take a critical look at power imbalances, gender inequality and contextual aspects related to misconduct in humanitarian action!

This event is for network leaders, programme managers and frontline responders. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on what to do when confronted with common situations, and provided with relevant UN and IASC standards and guidance.

The event will take place at the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)

Rue de Varembé 17, 1202 Genève, Switzerland | Salle 3 (niveau -1)

Website: https://cicg.ch/en

Please register using the link below (only 60 seats available, will be allocated on first come basis). Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (unocha.org)

We look forward to our joint reflection on this important topic.