Search and Rescue Team Responds to 1254 Calls in 2015 17 November 2015
AFAD’s search and rescue team responded to 1254 emergency cases, including earthquakes and traffic accidents, in the first 300 days of the year.
Ankara, 13 November 2015 – The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, which employs over 1900 search and rescue professionals across Turkey, responded to a total of 1254 emergencies, including 68 international cases, since January 2015.
Out of 1186 emergencies and disasters, 342 took place in the Black Sea region, while the Aegean recorded 209 incidents. Eastern Anatolia and the Southeast encountered fewest problems, respectively, with 109 and 58 cases.
The most frequent emergencies included traffic accidents (247 cases), missing persons (246 cases), earthquake-related emergencies (112 cases) and drowning (107 cases).
AFAD’s search and rescue team, in turn, most frequently responded to earthquake-related emergencies with 66 recorded cases.
Under Turkey’s Disaster Response Plan, or TAMP, AFAD coordinates disaster response efforts by all national and local government bodies as well as accredited non-governmental organizations.
(29 November 2012, Antalya) Within the scope of the 2nd International Conference on the Hopefor Initiative organized on 28-30 November 2012, a field exercise was organized on 29 November 2012 under the coordination of AFAD (Prime Ministry Disaster & Emergency Management Presidency), with the participation of the Gendarme Search and Rescue Team Command (JAK), Ministry of Health National Medical Rescue Teams (UMKE), Antalya Coast Guard Command, Afyonkarahisar Search & Rescue Unit Directorate, Antalya Provincial Disaster and Emergency Directorate Search & Rescue Team, Antalya Provincial Security Directorate, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Fire-fighter Teams, Kepez Municipality Search & Rescue Teams, The Turkish Red Crescent, Organized Industrial Zone Search & Rescue Te...Field Exercise under Conference for the Hopefor Initiative
PRESS RELEASE AFAD ON HIGH ALERT FOLLOWING M7,2 TAJIKISTAN EARTHQUAKE AFAD’s Search & Rescue crew have been put on high-alert following the M7,2 earthquake in Tajikistan. December 7, 2015, Ankara / In the wake of a M7,2 earthquake which shook Tajikistan today, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) put an Istanbul-based Search and Rescue crew on high alert in case the Tajikistan government calls for international assistance.AFAD On High Alert Following M7,2 Tajikistan Earthquake
AFAD Launches Emergency Database for People with Disabilities Z-EVET, a project launched by AFAD’s local office in Kütahya, will allow the authorities to store information about the needs and permanent addresses of disabled individuals in the area to be used in cases of emergency.AFAD Launches Emergency Database for People with Disabilities
Regional Earthquake Drill in Kayseri 700 AFAD first responders, 115 vehicles participate in regional earthquake drill in Kayseri, Turkey. Ankara, 25 November 2015 – The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority’s Kayseri branch, in cooperation with provincial offices in Kırşehir, Nevşehir, Sivas, Yozgat and Kahramanmaraş, hosted a regional field drill based on a fictional scenario featuring a 5.7 magnitude earthquake. According to the script, search and rescue crews responded to emergency calls from seven residential buildings and an office to rescue multiple individuals trapped in the debris.Regional Earthquake Drill in Kayseri
AFAD on High Alert Following Afghanistan Quake AFAD’s Search and Rescue crew awaits call for international assistance from Afghanistan. Ankara, 26 October 2015 – In the wake of a 7.5-magnitude earthquake which shook northern Afghanistan today, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) put an Istanbul-based Search and Rescue crew on high alert. First responders in another 11 provinces have been instructed to make preparations in case the Afghan government calls for international assistance.AFAD on High Alert Following Afghanistan Quake
(29 November 2012, ANTALYA) Within the scope of the 2nd International Conference on the Hopefor Initiative held on 28-30 November 2012, a Field Exercise was organized on 29 November 2012 by our Presidency. All teams participating in the exercise came together for a nice dinner party. Hosted by our Director General Dr. Fuat OKTAY, the dinner was attended by Antalya Deputy Governor Turan EREN and Antalya Provincial Disaster and Emergencies Director Fevzi TİMUR as well as high-level officials. The dinner brought together the participants of the Field Exercise, namely: • Gendarme Search & Rescue Team Command (JAK), • Ministry of Health National Medical Rescue Teams (UMKE), • Antalya Coast Guard Commands, • Afyonkarahisar Search & Rescue Unit Directorate, • Ant...Dinner for Teams in Field Exercise
(18 – 22 February 2013) The PPRD South Programme organized a training workshop titled Beyond response: Better preparedness for environmental emergencies in Istanbul, together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Held on 18 – 22 February 2013, the workshop addressed how to prevent environmental emergencies and how to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies.Environmental Emergencies Preparedness Workshop in Istanbul