UNDP & DHL run preparedness program 'Get Airports Ready for Disaster”

09 Jul 2012

 Under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Ghazi  El-Aridi, Minister of Public Works and Transportation, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and DHL are organizing the launching ceremony of the “Get Airports Ready for Disaster” (GARD) training, which prepares the Airport for the post-disaster logistics situation, on Monday July 9th at 11.00 a.m. at the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport. 

The ceremony will be attended by UNDP’s Resident Representative, Mr. Robert Watkins, DHL Express Lebanon Country Manager, Mr. John Chedid, training experts from Deutsche Post DHL and the trainees. 

GARD training aims to improve local logistics capacities so that the bottlenecks at disaster –site airports can be avoided when huge volumes of incoming relief goods arrive ad hoc. The GARD instructors are specially trained logistics and training experts from Deutsche Post DHL, they will train around 31 participants in the Beirut airport. The four-day program focuses on training airport staff as well as local and government officials to assess local requirements and create detailed contingency plans. Lebanon is the fourth country to receive the GARD training which has been successfully rolled out in Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh. 

The GARD Program was developed together between UNDP and DHL in 2009 to train airport personnel, local security officials and representatives of national disaster agencies in airport logistics management. GARD grew out of first-hand experience that showed just how important it is for disaster-prone regions and airports to be disaster-ready and be able to respond quickly and effectively to the challenges of disaster relief logistic