Public and private institutions understand the importance of having the capability to respond effectively. However, when faced with a major crisis, their response is often disorganized and costly because they failed implement a competent Emergency Management (EM) system.
We build the capacity of EM practitioners and decision makers through the different opportunities of collaboration with their cities or institutions. We implement Integrated Emergency Management System (IEMS) Component activities to enhance their existing emergency preparedness and response. These activities include: diagnosis and analysis, training and exercises, plan formulation, command center design and development, organizing support, and institutionalization of everything that has been achieved. We encourage the participation of all possible stakeholders such as government agencies, private companies, non-government organizations, academies, professional associations, volunteers, and organized groups catering diverse services.
EM entails planning for
- all possible hazards;
- command and control;
- inter-institutional coordination on response;
- sharing response burden and augmentation of resources;
- communication and information management; and
- setting up of facilities for operations with corresponding mandated organizational structure.
We adopt several methods and systems all over the globe in the practice of EM. Our approach is anchored on the international standards and practices of EM such as the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 22320: 2011, International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), and the Incident Command System (ICS). We have consistently advocated and promoted the importance of setting up the following EM systems:
- Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
- Emergency Support Functions (ESF)
- Incident Command System (ICS)
- Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
Supporting the EOC as the basis for an organized government response, the ESFs are defined by disaster circumstances. These support functions are organized into the internationally-based ICS and documented in a city-level EOP. These four systems are supported by Training, Exercise and Drill (TED) Program to integrate, sustain and institutionalize these required systems.
Beyond response, a competent EM system stays at the core for reducing risk, protecting human and physical assets, environment, and building institutional resilience. That is why in our projects in Kathmandu City, Greater Mumbai, Aqaba, Pasig City, and Quezon City, we build competencies that would help these local authorities attain their over-all goal of disaster resilience.