Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and Organized Industrial Zone Supreme Organisation (OSBÜK) signed a cooperation protocol with the purpose of preparing organized industrial zones against disasters and cases of emergencies, disaster awareness training programs and simultaneous management of activities carried out within the context of 2021 Disaster Training Year.
Acting Head of AFAD Hamza Taşdelen, President of OSBÜK Memiş Kütükçü and officials of both agencies were present at the protocol signing ceremony held at the AFAD headquarters.
Taşdelen pointed out during his speech at the ceremony that 2021 was declared as the disaster training year and they were aiming at giving disaster awareness training programs to 51 million people this year.
Noting that AFAD has been signing cooperation protocols with public offices and agencies, private sector and nongovernmental organizations as a part of the 2021 disaster training year activities, Taşdelen went on to say:
“Organized industrial zones have special importance for us. Obviously, we are categorizing hazard risks. Organized industrial zones are high hazard risks. Due to this reason, training programs for these zones are very important. We assume that training programs will prevent many hazards and eliminate many risks.”
Taşdelen stated that organized industrial zones are spread across the entire country adding that, “There are organized industrial zones in almost all cities of Turkey. There are a total of more than 2 million people working in these zones. Number of employees that OSBÜK collected under its umbrella is more than 2 million. This protocol aims at giving training programs to each and every one of the b2 million employees.”
Stressing that AFAD is an agency that has duties before, during and after disasters, Taşdelen said that they have been working in an effort to prepare risk reduction plans in 81 cities and plans are completed in 7 pilot cities.
Taşdelen added that they are planning to complete the plans of the remaining 74 cities until the end of September.
Meanwhile, OSBÜK President Kütükcü stated that they are proud of AFAD which is the common force of Turkey in disasters and cases of emergencies.
“As OSBÜk representing 353 organized industrial zones in 81 cities of the country, we are always ready to cooperate with AFAD. We have a responsibility towards this country,” said Kütükcü.
Stating that they signed this protocol in the name of 67 thousand companies active in organized industrial zones and their more than 2 million employees, Kütükçü said:
"This protocol covers many items such as reduction of disaster risks in organized industrial zones, disaster and cases of emergency preparedness and disaster awareness training programs and it is very important in terms of sustainability of production in these zones. Disasters such as earthquakes, floods and fires caused loss of life as well as commercial loss and they also affects income of our people and our country’s growth. Due to these reasons, we must prepare our companies and small and medium sized enterprises against disasters.”
Following the speeches Taşdelen and Kütükcü signed the cooperation protocol.