A 3-day “Disaster Management Certificate Program” organized by TRNC Civil Defense Organization in collaboration with ITU-TRNC Education Research Campuses, and Cyprus International University started on September 25th, 2017 Monday at CIU Çevik Uraz Hall.
The training program started with the opening speeches of IUSARC President Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmet ADALIER, ITU-TRNC Rector Prof. Dr. Ercan KAHYA, Cyprus International University Rector Halil NADİRİ and Civil Defense Organization President Erdoğan ÇELEBİ.
IUSARC President Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmet ADALIER gave information to participants about IUSARC and mentioned that the council had been established in TRNC with the collaboration of higher education institutes at 2012. ADALIER said that many universities from Turkey and from different countries are a member of IUSARC and the council brings experience to university students in the fields of search and rescue.
ITU-TRNC Education Research Campuses Rector Prof. Dr. Ercan KAHYA mentioned in his speech that that people in Turkey and TRNC have good enough information about disasters and thanked to Civil Defense Organization for playing a leading role in this area. KAHYA said that “Problem solving is not a prerequisite for being smart. Being smart means foreseeing the problem, taking necessary precautions and implementing measures before a problem occurs. Then, the problems are easily resolved, which is simple and fun for smart people.”
Cyprus International University Rector Prof. Dr. Halil NADİRİ mentioned that managing the disasters which are happening all around the world is essential and disaster management programs are important for taking precautions against disasters. NADİRİ emphasized that Cyprus is on the seismic belt and therefore, people capable of disaster management are needed in TRNC.
Civil Defense Organization President Erdoğan ÇELEBİ said that the main mission of the organization is to reduce death rate during a disaster, regulate the working of governmental institutions and keeping morale and motivation of the public high. ÇELEBİ mentioned that Civil Defense Organization acts like a coordinating unit working with governmental institutions. He also emphasized that government, institution and people must be able to work together in cases of disasters.
Disaster Management Certificate Program, which was organized with the principle of creating “Disaster Resistant Society” hosted Prof. Dr. Mikdat KADIOĞLU, Prof. Dr. Nilgün OKAY, Doç. Dr. Nazan AKMAN ve ITU Psychological Counseling and Guidance Center Director Cem DEMİRBAŞ from Istanbul Technical University as event speakers. Over 100 participants from 53 institutions, organizations and ministries in the disaster management system of TRNC took part in the training.
Education program involves; Disaster and Crisis Management, Emergency Planning, Risk Reduction Planning, Structural and Non-structural Measures, Urban Risk Assessment, Public Awareness and Public Education for Disaster Risk Reduction, Building Community Disaster Resilience and Incident Command System, Disasters and Development, and Disaster Psychology. Participant will have an exam on September 27th, 2017 Wednesday at 12:45 and the successful ones will be awarded their certificates at 15:00.