Kars Governor and Acting Mayor Türker Öksüz, Provincial AFAD Director Oktay Ayğan, Provincial Police Chief Yavuz Sağdıç and Provincial Gendarme Commander Colonel Hidayet Arıkan attended the meeting organized at the Cıbıltepe Ski Center located in Sarıkamış district of Kars province on the occasion of declaration of 2021 as the Disaster Training Year in Turkey. Öksüz and other local authorities chatted with citizenas and distributed leaflets about disaster preparedness.
JAK teams holding Turkish flags and torches in their hands and carrying banners stating, “Lets fight against disaster risk together” skied down the Cıbıltepe.
Governor and Deputy Mayor Öksüz noted in his speech during the activity that the Ministry of Interior Affairs had declared 2021 as the Disaster Training Year in Turkey.
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Noting that the state has been offering various different training in order to reduce loss of life and property during disasters, Öksüz said, “Disasters are among the incidents we frequently witness and cause loss of life and property. We do not want disasters to cause loss of life and property and we work in an effort to reduce the risks to a minimum. Within this framework, our Ministry has prepared Disaster Year Plan for Turkey.”
Öksüz stated that every single person must be prepared against disasters adding that:
"One of the most important elements of preparedness is training. Due to this reason, 2021 is declared as the Disaster Training Year. Today, we want to organize awareness training. We want to establish safe cities and we want our people to live in safe cities. We have been carrying out various different rehabilitation services during and after disasters. We want to reduce risk and cost of disasters.”
Öksüz stated, "There are important activities that should be carried out in the first six hours after the disasters. First aid, contribution of volunteers and establishment of temporary shelter and assembly areas are important. Training programs will focus on these subjects.”