Better Prepared: Municipal Officials Receive Training on Emergency Drills

Dec 22, 2015

Participants in the training course held in Vrnjačka Banja

The training conducted today in Vrnjačka Banja for the mayors and deputy mayors and members of emergency HQs of Cacak, Kraljevo, Kragujevac and Vrnjacka Banja municipalities is the last of several sessions, all dedicated to emergency drills and evacuation for the benefit of 27 municipalities across Serbia.

This is an integral aspect of the project entitled “Increased Resilience to Respond to Emergency Situations”, funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Serbian Government Office for Reconstruction and Flood Relief.

The trainings are conducted by the Sector for Emergency Management of the Serbian Ministry of Interior, the natural partner on this type of capacity building.

Together, the Sector and UNDP have delivered training on 10 different occasions in three different municipalities for commanders and/or deputy commanders of the Emergency Situation HQs. The total of 30 municipalities were trained. Also, other members of local emergency HQs participated. The total of 7-10 people from each municipality participated in each of the training courses.

This is a landmark activity which will bolster the communication and preparedness of local communities for response to future emergencies. The achievement of the overall goal will be further enhanced by continued focus of all stakeholders on conducting Local Risk Assessments and preparing adequately the corresponding Plans of Response and Rescue.

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