A Malaysia earthquake tabletop exercise was held today under the auspices of INSARAG at the Emergency Ministry’s National Crisis Management Center. It was organized by the UNOCHA involving regional structures of Asia-Pacific region as part of a massive three-day exercise.
The exercise was attended by representatives of the UNOCHA regional office in Bangkok, humanitarian coordination center of the ASEAN, Malaysia’s crisis management center, UNOCHA’s humanitarian coordination center, European Commission Joint Research Center for monitoring and forecasting natural disasters. Rescuers of the Siberian Regional SAR Unit that was certified by INSARAG in 2016, also took part in the exercise via videoconference communication.
The main aim of the exercise was practicing international cooperation as part of the global network of crisis management centers. Situation centers were working together through a specialized information resource of the UNOCHA. Special focus was made on the discussion of the protocol for receiving and sending humanitarian aid by foreign partners considering priority needs of a state in distress.
Participants of the event highly appreciated organization of the exercise pointing out that such drills were necessary to improve international response to massive disasters.
The exercise is the third one in the series of international exercises held to promote the idea of the global network of crisis management centers.