Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)
-Strong policy, technical and institutional capacities and mechanisms: In 2005, INSARAG developed an IEC (INSARAG External Classification) system for the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Teams which is an investment of time and resources in systematically evaluating and subsequently improving capacities and mechanisms.
-Disaster preparedness plans and contingency plans are in place at all administrative levels, and regular training drills and rehearsals are held to test and develop disaster response programmes: INSARAG developed guidelines for national capacity building. These guidelines are practiced by mainly disaster prone countries. INSARAG also organises annual simulation exercises where both national and international response systems are tested.
-Procedures are in place to exchange relevant information during hazard events and disasters, and to undertake post-event reviews: INSARAG utilises the Virtual OSOCC for information exchange during emergencies. INSARAG also organises after-action reviews of major international USAR deployments.