INSARAG is a global network under the United Nations umbrella dealing with Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) related issues. For many years, INSARAG has held exercises in countries around the world seeking to strengthen a country’s response capacity to a major earthquake disaster and to enhance its ability to work with international partners and agencies during the initial humanitarian phase of any emergency.
The Earthquake Response Exercise (ERE) is endorsed by the INSARAG Steering Group primarily as a means to increase awareness of INSARAG disaster response methodologies amongst national and local authorities in the host country and to provide a platform for the strengthening of national response capacities.
The 5-day event shall include a 3-day Exercise Preparation Phase followed by a 2-day Simulation Exercise Phase. Preparatory activities are ongoing, facilitated by the local and international Exercise Controllers (EXCON), and the host country through the established Steering Committee led by Exercise Director Rodrigo T. Diapana of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).
“The Philippines, through the National Council, takes pride in hosting this year’s INSARAG. This is an opportune time for us to showcase our capacities in the international scene, with the hope to further enhance international relations through disaster management and humanitarian assistance,” says NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Usec Ricardo B Jalad.
Around twenty-three (23) countries worldwide, representing various sectors from the government, non-government and international organizations, are expected to participate in the forthcoming exercise.
#INSARAGPH is the official hashtag for the INSARAG Asia-Pacific Regional Earthquake Response Exercise 2018.