29 Jan Natural Disaster Literacy
Natural disasters can strike at any time and anywhere, leaving behind a trail of destruction and loss of life. Being prepared and equipped with knowledge and skills is crucial to facing such challenges. In this blog post, We would like to share Aie Servian’s experience of participating in a 7-day natural disaster awareness training program.
About the Training
Funded by the European Union, organized by Bilgi Paylaşım Topluluğu, and designed and delivered by Tala Azzam; Aie Serve’s president. Designed to educate individuals on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters. Held in Ankara, Turkey from December 21-26 2022; people came together from 8 countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Romania, Palestine, France, Germany, Hungary and Finland)
The first day of the training was an introduction to natural disasters, including types, causes, and impacts. In addition to team building and bond forming activities. We also learned about the disaster risk management cycle, which consists of four phases – preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.
Furthermore, the following days targeted various aspects of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. We learned about the warning signs, evacuation procedures, first aid techniques, and the use of communication tools during emergencies.
In addition to activities, the practical exercises, where participants visited the Center of Natural Disasters in Ankara, where they learned how to respond and survive in such situations made it easier to understand and retain the information.
The training also emphasized the importance of community involvement in disaster preparedness and response. Participants were empowered to take ownership and responsibility for their safety and well-being by learning about community-based disaster risk management.
The 7-day training was an eye-opener for the participants and helped them understand the gravity of natural disasters and the need for preparedness. They learned about the various resources available for disaster risk management, such as early warning systems, evacuation plans, and disaster response teams.
In conclusion, participating in a natural disaster awareness training is a great opportunity to learn and prepare for disasters.
As a result, they created a manual to raise awareness on Natural Disaster and educate those interested in the topic.