The need to improve emergency response skills brought up at 11th ASEAN-ERAT Induction Course
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Categories: Sustainability & HSE
During the official launching of the 11th ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) Induction Course held last Monday, 8th April, 2019, Mohd Amir Hairil bin Haji Mahmud, the Permanent Secretary (Safety, Welfare and Law) at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), in his speech, stated his concern on the occurrence of natural disasters among the ASEAN region, which have been increasing in frequency and magnitude. With this, he emphasized that it is important to constantly upgrade the competencies and skills of regional responders in disaster management.
The induction course was conducted to promote a better understanding in ASEAN’s procedures in disaster management and emergency response, with the application of ASEAN-ERAT functionalities and methodologies in a simulation exercise. A total amount of 274 ASEAN-ERAT members have been trained under the course since its establishment in 2010, which was initiated to train selected ASEAN personnel to provide support to disaster-affected areas in the region. Throughout the week-long course, another 30 individuals – including eight participants from Brunei Darussalam – joined ASEAN-ERAT, bringing the membership tally to 304.