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Regional Capacity Building for Disaster Management (RegDis)

About the project

The value of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) has been globally recognized as a crucial component of a disaster response mechanism.

Availability and response times of the first responders are critical factors in striving to save lives, mitigate disability and damage to infrastructure.

Professional emergency services are best trained and equipped to provide assistance following disasters, but their arrival may be delayed for a significant period of time.

Remote communities may need to provide a local response based only on resources that are immediately available in the community.

Thus, CERTs should be established and trained to provide crucial assistance to the community’s population as well as to other communities.

The Regional Capacity Building for Disaster Management (RegDis) project aims to develop regional collaboration, by empowering the community to prepare for and provide an emergency response, in order to reduce mortality and morbidity following a disaster.

Objectives of the RegDis project

To develop capacity and resilience of remote communities in Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Israel to manage disasters, including cross-border collaboration in emergency response

Specific objectives:

  1. To develop trained first responder teams in rural communities in Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Israel that will provide life-saving services in disasters in remote communities;
  2. To develop joint Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for cross-border collaboration of communities during disasters;
  3. To generate collective knowledge that leads to common best practices in disaster management and sets the stage for cooperation, coordination and integration.
  4. To enhance the resiliency of rural communities in the face of disasters;
  5. To sustain and expand the activities of Development Strategy Forums (DSFs) of key emergency management stakeholders.

Operational manual

This manual provides the basis for the construction of a generic L-CERT, which can and should be further adapted to the unique characteristics of a given community.

Download manual (PDF)

The foundation for such collaboration was laid in the former EU supported project of “The Israeli-Jordan Integrated Emergency Medical System Concept”¬†that was completed in November 2012, providing a platform for a coordinated response to emergencies.

EU Partnership For Peace
Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Regional Cooperation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Israel

This project is funded by the European Union and sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Regional Cooperation and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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