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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs   17 April 2013  

More ASEAN-Emergency Rapid Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) Members Trained

The 3rd ASEAN-Emergency Rapid Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) Induction Course wrapped this week, ending an intensive seven-day-training in Singapore. “The ASEAN-ERAT was established based on the need in the region. The primary objective of the ASEAN-ERAT deployment is to support ASEAN Member States affected by disasters in the initial phase of disasters, to conduct rapid assessments, coordinate with local authorities for the deployment of  regional disaster management assets and provide logistics support to the affected countries for receiving humanitarian goods and  assistance to the disaster affected areas”, said Ms. Adelina Kamal, Head of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance Division of the ASEAN Secretariat.

Chief of Staff of Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Senior Assistant Commissioner Jackson Lim congratulated the 28 graduates from the ASEAN Member States and ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre). “Congratulations on your graduation. You have completed the first step of joining ASEAN emergency responders. The real challenge is now to convert your newly-gained skills and capacity to swift disaster response when called upon, despite the uncertainties and challenges in the initial phase of disasters,” says Mr. Jackson Lim.

During deployments on the ground, ASEAN-ERAT members will not be there as individuals from different organisations, but collectively as ASEAN, said Mr. Said Faisal, the Executive Director of the AHA Centre. “Let’s raise that ASEAN flag high and proud! We come together representing One Community of more than 600 million people in the region. Let’s ensure that whatever we are going to do, we do it for the good of the affected nation,” said Mr. Faisal. He further thanked the SCDF for their excellent support in organising and providing trainers for the training course.

The ASEAN-ERAT team is composed of experienced and trained individuals who have responded to disaster incidents in the region. ASEAN-ERAT was established by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management, which comprises heads of national disaster management organisations in the ten ASEAN Member States. ASEAN-ERAT is managed by the AHA Centre, which serves as the coordination hub and centre point for mobilisation of resources to disaster affected areas in the region. With the completion of the 3rd Induction Course, ASEAN now has close to fifty ASEAN-ERAT members ready to respond to major disasters in the ASEAN region.

The course was co-organised by the AHA Centre and SCDF, with the support of the ASEAN Secretariat and the Government of Australia. Other partners supporting the course were the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS), and the AADMER Partnership Group (APG).



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