On 29 November 2017, UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office supported the International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES) in conducting the 19th national earthquake and safety drill which simultaneously took place in all schools across Iran.By simulating earthquake situations in schools and their communities, the initiative aims to strengthen disaster risk reduction awareness and preparedness in the country.
The GARD opening ceremony was officially inaugurated on 25 November at Mehrabad International Airport
Iran is among the top 10 disaster prone countries in the world. It is confronted with more than 34 out of 41 types of the world’s known natural disasters.
When a disaster strikes, providing support to those in need depends on good communications and logistics.
Airports are central to the relief effort.
(Tehran, 23 November 2017): Yesterday, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Mark Lowcock concluded a two-day visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran, where he met with senior officials to discuss regional and global humanitarian crises, and also conveyed his condolences to the Government and Iranian people for the loss of life caused by the devastating earthquake that hit Kermanshah on 12 November.
Remember those movies where an international epidemic breaks out and the international community “surges” a medical response team instantly to solve the problem?
Well, as we know from hard experience, including the recent Ebola pandemic in West Africa, this rarely occurs in real life.
In reality, responses to epidemics and disasters are often too slow, usually uncoordinated, and do not deliver the response to the places in greatest need.
In the face of disaster, most airports look very much alike – chaotic. The unprecedented flow of people and supplies combined with the overall burden of disaster, are more than many airports are equipped to handle.
Time is of the essence when a disaster strikes, and an effective, coordinated, rapid response is required. Disaster preparedness measures and planning reduce the effects of these disasters, and airports preparedness, in particular, is vital to ensure relief goods and supplies reach those affected victims on time.