From the 18-21.09.2018 DPPI SEE member states had to opportunity to participate at this year INSARAG team leaders meeting hosted by the Romanian General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations in collaboration with Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in its capacity as the INSARAG Secretariat. Experienced USAR practitioners as well as USAR Team Leaders from all over the world working on Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) had the opportunity to exchange on the latest developments in INSARAG. DPPI SEE participants have use the meeting to learn more about the certification process and to network with colleagues. Within DPPI SEE, Romania and Turkey are the only countries with INSARAG certified teams. Their expertise and knowledge of the certification process can be used by the other member states who are considering building such a capacity. DPPI SEE remains devoted to the mission of enhancing disaster preparedness capacities in the region.
The vision of the conference is to help further the understanding of risk by supporting a network of experts and practitioners that share knowledge and experience, and discuss best practices and innovative approaches in assessing risk and communicating risk information. UR has become the preeminent platform for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation in identifying and assessing disaster risk.
Extreme weather is fast becoming the 'new normal' in the Balkans. In May 2014, historic flooding pushed over 125,000 people into poverty in Serbia alone, and caused damages and losses well over $2 billion in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A stifling round of record temperatures smothered Southern Europe last year, buckling train tracks in Serbia and earning the nickname ‘Lucifer’ for scorching temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius, with similar temperatures affecting the region just a few months ago. According to international researchers, climate change played a significant role in both these heatwaves – and trends may worsen in coming decades.
Today EU starts the peer review mission on civil protection in Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the inception meeting the team of experts coming from the Union Civil Protection Mechanism were introduced together with the objectives and goals of the mission. In the next 5 days the experts will assess the legislative, strategic and institutional framework in the area of civil protection throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina leading to a set of targeted recommendations which can be followed by the national and local authorities. Out of 10 DPPI SEE member states, Bosnia and Herzegovina is the only one currently not a member of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism. As part of the session dedicated to international organizations, DPPI SEE Head of Secretariat has presented the Initiative, the work that has been done in the past and the plans for the future.
This edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management focuses on disaster management and disaster recovery, with articles particularly on disaster management for vulnerable groups including children, the deaf community and people with physical disabilities.
The average rainfall for the first two weeks of July in England was 6mm, while only 15mm fell throughout all of June, according to the UK’s Environment Agency. To give some idea of how low this is, the definition of a desert is a place with an average rainfall of 21mm per month.