In his speech at the gathering for Disaster Management Training For Local Authorities organized by the Disaster Management Authority (AFAD), Minister of Interior Affairs Mr. Süleyman Soylu said, “Turkey is a country that is capable of planning rehabilitation phases of disasters and has enhanced its capacity in disaster preparedness, disaster response and rehabilitation in the aftermath of disasters.”
AFAD has organized a Disaster Management Training Program in order to allow local authorities who will assume responsibility in all stages of disaster management and coordinate entire process specialize on the issue and maintain effective disaster management in the local level. Minister Süleyman Soylu and the Head of AFAD Dr. Mehmet Güllüoğlu addressed the opening ceremony of the training program participated by 123 local authorities.
Regarding natural disasters, Minister Soylu suggested local authorities to be prompt and said, “You have only one obligation and it is being there at the moment of the disaster.”
Stressing that citizens are fulfilling their duties to the state for such situations, Minister Soylu stated, “If you are absent during a disaster, you won’t be able to manage the process and there will be chaos.”
Soylu recalled that the first 6 hours are very important during disasters and successful response during the early hours of a disaster is key to successful disaster management adding that, “Turkey’s disaster response capacity is higher than world’s most developed countries.”
“We Declare 2021 as the Training Year”
Noting that Turkey has managed to establish a system that could be an example for the entire world, Minister Soylu went on to say the following:
"If Allah permits, we will complete the Provincial Disaster Plan of 81 cities of the country by the end of 2021. Secondly, we will distribute a total of 200 thousand disaster supply bags in order to raise awareness about disaster.”
Minister Soylu said his administration decided to declare 2021 as the Disaster Training Year adding that, “We will organize disaster training programs for millions of people, design related billboards, posters and banners, produce short videos and public spots throughout the year. We will also organize disaster exercises both on the table and on the field.”
"State Management is not about talking, it is about working”
Minister Soylu stressed that in addition to developing its physical capacity, Turkey recently achieved success in coordination during disasters adding that the Disaster Response Plan for Turkey is an important guide in this regard.
Minister Soylu stated:
"When did the Elazığ earthquake happen? On January 24. What is the date today? November 20. We already completed the building of homes for disaster victims in Elazığ and Malatya. There is no other example of this success in the world. Words are easy and anyone can make promises. State management is not about talking, it is about working. The Republic of Turkey delivered disaster homes to right owners. If Allah permits, we will do the same for the earthquake victims in İzmir.”
"We will take it to a higher level”
Recalling that they are planning to organize the AFAD Board Meeting and then the Disaster Risk Reduction Board meeting within a month in İstanbul with the participation of scientists, deputy ministers of related ministries and AFAD, Minister Soylu stated:
“In 2021, we will manage the working process of the AFAD Board and the Disaster Risk Reduction Board together. We will try to do this step by step. Our knowledge, experience and capacity concerning disasters are high but we have to take this to a higher level.”
“Turkey is country that is capable of planning rehabilitation phases of disasters and has enhanced its capacity in disaster preparedness, disaster response and rehabilitation in the aftermath of disasters.”
About Disaster Management Training for Local Authorities
AFAD has planned the Disaster Management Training Program in order to allow local authorities who will assume responsibility in all stages of disaster management and coordinate the entire process on the issue and maintain effective disaster management at the local level.
The training program will include all working fields mentioned within the framework of the Disaster Response Plan for Turkey and expertize in all stages of disaster management. Moreover, local authorities who previously worked as managers in past major disasters will share their experiences during the training program.
A total of 123 local authorities are expected to participate in the training program that will be organized at the AFAD headquarters in Ankara between November 16-21.