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Awareness as a mean against natural disaster

2 December 2010

Manuk Mkrtchyan, Armen Yericyan, Leyli Moshiri, Ralul de LuzenbergerOn 13 October Armenia marked the International day for Disaster Reduction and joined the United Nations global campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!” The event, which took place at the UN House in Armenia, discussed the consequences of disasters, which have a serious negative impact on countries, people and livelihoods. Participants stressed the need for an effective and stable system of disaster risk reduction, as well as including the disaster risk subject in the educational system. “We should give appropriate education to a child when speaking about emergency situations, which is not merely knowledge, but an upbringing” said Manuk Mkrtchyan, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science.
Within the framework of the campaign, community leaders were offered ten point check-lists to improve the resistance of their cities. This includes a budget to resist disaster risks, assess and improve schools, insert early warning systems, and conduct public preparedness exercises. ”This project will spread a culture of preparedness. The population will be aware about the possibilities of natural disasters in terms of education: what to do in case of an earthquake, what to do in case of a flooding…” explained Raul de Luzenberger, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia.

The meeting was a joint effort of UNICEF, under the scope of its EU-funded project “Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction amongst Vulnerable Communities and Institutions in Southern Caucasus”. The EU has allocated 2 million EUR for disaster preparedness in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan through its DIPECHO programme.

Awareness as a mean against natural disaster

Manuk Mkrtchyan, Armen Yericyan, Leyli Moshiri, Ralul de LuzenbergerOn 13 October Armenia marked the International day for Disaster Reduction and joined the United Nations global campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!” The event, which took place at the UN House in Armenia, discussed the consequences of disasters, which have a serious negative impact on countries, people and livelihoods. Participants stressed the need for an effective and stable system of disaster risk reduction, as well as including the disaster risk subject in the educational system. “We should give appropriate education to a child when speaking about emergency situations, which is not merely knowledge, but an upbringing'' said Manuk Mkrtchyan, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science. Within the framework of the campaign, community leaders were offered ten point check-lists to improve the resistance of their cities. This includes a budget to resist disaster risks, assess and improve schools, insert early warning systems, and conduct public preparedness exercises. ''This project will spread a culture of preparedness. The population will be aware about the possibilities of natural disasters in terms of education: what to do in case of an earthquake, what to do in case of a flooding...'' explained Raul de Luzenberger, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia. The meeting was a joint effort of UNICEF, under the scope of its EU-funded project “Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction amongst Vulnerable Communities and Institutions in Southern Caucasus”. The EU has allocated 2 million EUR for disaster preparedness in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan through its DIPECHO programme.