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Palestinian and Tunisian Civil Defense sign cooperation agreement

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pix1General Ahmed Rizk, Director-General of the Palestinian Civil Defence, and General Fraj Al-Louati, Director-General of the Tunisian Civil Protection met in Ramallah on 6 February 2012 and signed an important cooperation agreement in the field of disaster risk reduction and civil protection.

The meeting in Ramallah was hosted by the Palestinian Minister of Interior, Dr. Said Abu Ali, and was also attended by the Deputy Palestinian Ambassador to Tunisia, the Assistant Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority and the Tunisian Ambassador in Ramallah.

In his opening speech, Dr. Abu Ali highlighted the importance for the Palestinian Authority of this cooperation agreement which establishes the key principles of mutual civil protection cooperation among two countries. He stressed that similar agreements should be concluded also for other sectors of the Palestinian-Tunisian cooperation. "Despite the critical situations of both our countries – he said – we want to reaffirm the necessity of trans-national cooperation for reinforcing the safety of our people and protecting them from all sort of risks".

pix2General Al-Louati expressed sincere greetings from the Tunisian President, Prime Minister, and Minister of Interior to the Palestinian Authorities and stressed the long standing friendship and collaboration among the two countries. He added that the signature of this agreement marks an important milestone for the two national civil protection systems which are being upgraded to reach the same level of effectiveness than the ones of more developed nations.

The signed agreement concerns bilateral technical cooperation in civil protection and disaster prevention, opens the way to increased partnership building in disaster risk reduction and prepare the ground for enhanced mutual relations and facilitation of provision of assistance in case of disasters or serious accidents.

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The Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

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This report was prepared by the Palestinian Civil Defense with the assistance of Dr. Jalal Al-Dabbeek, Associate Professor at the An-Najah National University in Nablus and the support by the UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP) in 2008.

The report includes a review of the risks and vulnerabilities in the occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt), a summary of the existing capacities and of the capacity building needs in the field of civil protection as well as a list of the technical institutions involved in civil protection.

The assessment of the disaster risks in the oPt has been done by carrying out a desk review of already available reports, studies, analyses, and assessments on disaster risk (vulnerability and hazards) carried out at the country level. The summary of the existing capacities includes the review of existing legislations, and of the institutional mechanism for disaster preparedness and prevention. The report describes also national and international initiatives in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction, case studies and best practices. 

A set of recommendations for improving DRR capacities in the oPt are drafted and put forward. The recommendations include regional cooperation, improvement/formulation of legislation towards disaster preparedness and prevention, linking policies and operations, coordination of central and local governments, political support, awareness and training, integration and management of DRR into national development, and developing a risk management database.

Download the "Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Occupied Palestinian Territory" 

 

Palestinian women are key players in civil protection

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by Mohammed Al Beiruti, Palestinian Civil Defense

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Wafa', a housewife mother of four kids, lives in the bottom floor flat of a multi-storey building in Ram Allah city in West Bank. Her husband works in the construction sector; he goes to work at seven every morning and comes back home at sunset – except on Friday.

Two of Wafa's kids are in the primary school; the other two haven't reached the age of school yet. When Wafa' was questioned about her perception of the risks to which her family and her house are exposed, she was unable to answer clearly. Her knowledge on risks like house fire, gas leaks , shocks from heaters in winter, is limited. She doesn't know how to prevent electric shocks, and she does not perceive the risk of drowning, as there is no water well or river near the house.

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Preparing for a major earthquake in Jericho

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cover_06_010On June 7 2010, the Palestinian Civil Defense Department organized in collaboration with the Red Crescent and the Governorate of Jericho a full scale exercise simulating coordinated inter-forces search and rescue operations following a major earthquake in Jericho.

During the exercise, the Palestinian Civil Defense played the role of coordinator of the field operations. Immediately after the event the police forces of the Governorate were deployed on the field in order to prevent robberies and to keep the roads reasonably free to allow the rapid circulation of emergency vehicles such as ambulances, search and rescue vans and fireguards trucks.

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