First simulation response plan at Rafic Hariri International Airport Beirut and air bases during disasters and crises

05 Apr 2013

Under the patronage and presence of H.E Ghazi Al Aridi, minister of Public Works & Transport, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) project "Strengthening Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Capacities in Lebanon" at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), and in cooperation with GARD program is organizing the first simulation response plan of Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut and air bases during disasters and crises on Thursday, the April 4 at 9:00 in the morning at the Rafik Hariri international Airport. 

Before the simulation begins, speeches will be given by H.E Ghazi Al Aridi, Minister of Public Works & Transport, Mr. Luca Renda, UNDP Country Director, and Mr. Daniel El Haiby, General Director of Civil Aviation. 

The simulation implemented today is the first exercise to test the developed response plans in general. In particular, the simulation aims to test and evaluate the methods of communication between the different concerned agencies and coordination between the different operation rooms such as the national operations room, the army command operations room, disaster management operations room at the airport, the operations room at the civil defense and Lebanese red cross during the response, reception, unloading, storage and distribution of foreign aid. 

In order to achieve this, a cooperation has been established with DHL which in turn created the GARD program that simulates response plans for international airports and air bases during disasters and crises. This is being implemented in several countries and in Lebanon at the same time in cooperation with the UNDP. 

It is worth noting that the simulation will be implemented simultaneously at Rafic Hariri international Airport and Riyak air base in cooperation with the Lebanese army, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, airport security, the Directorate General of Customs, service and freight companies at the airport, civil defense, the Lebanese Red Cross and Beirut Fire Brigade . 

Finally, the importance of this simulation lies in the shift of work from theoretical to practical and the lessons learnt that help participants to assess and evaluate the situation leading to better and more effective decision making. Moreover the simulations help in developing plans to increase the effectiveness of concerned response agencies during disasters and crises.

Contact Information

Communication.lb@undp.org

Tel: 961-1-962511

UNDP - Lebanon

www.undp.org.lb

Downtown-Riad El-Solh Street

Arab African International Bank Bldg

P.O.Box 11-3216 Beirut-Lebanon