Regional Earthquake Drill in Kayseri 10 December 2015
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.
AFAD organizes routine drills as part of the Disaster Response Plan of Turkey, TAMP, an integrated response system coordinating dozens of government agencies and accredited non-governmental organizations.
Search and Rescue Team Responds to 1254 Calls in 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.Search and Rescue Team Responds to 1254 Calls in 2015
(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
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
80 students who have been visiting Turkey as a part of an activity organized by the TÜRKEN Foundation founded by Turkish citizens living in the US paid a visit to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority. Head of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) Dr. Mehmet Güllüoğlu briefed the guests about disaster management system in Turkey, structure and capacity of AFAD, disaster response and humanitarian aid activities during his speech. Güllüoğlu also mentioned Turkey’s humanitarian aid operations throughout the Syrian crisis.AFAD hosts 80 Students from TÜRKEN Foundation
Earthquakes in Bingöl and Malatya Turkey shaken by two earthquakes, AFAD coordinates emergency response Bingöl and Malatya, 14 December 2015 – Eastern Turkish provinces of Malatya and Bingöl were respectively shaken by 5-magnitude and 5.3-magnitude earthquakes in recent weeks.Earthquakes in Bingöl and Malatya
Cooperation between AFAD and the Federal Management Authority of Civil Protection of Bosnia Herzegovina is expanding. Within this context, 30 Bosnian Search and Rescue staff received training at AFADEM. “Basic Urban Search and Rescue Training” took place between September 3 and 14 at the Disaster and Emergency Training Center (AFADEM). Participants received theoretical and practical training on classification of search and rescue activities, INSARAG standards, organizational structure of teams, field management and coordination, debris removal and use of technical equipment during two week training program. The Bosnia-Herzegovina team which had visited the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) headquarters within the framework of the training program, received information abou...Bosnian Search and Rescue Teams Receive Training at AFAD