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  • International Search and Rescue Advisory Group INSARAG
    Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Field Coordination Support Section Emergency Services Branch Palais des Nations
    1211 Geneva 10
    Switzerland

    Email: insarag@un.org
    Phone: +41 22 917 16 00 (emergencies only)
    Fax: +41 22 917 00 23
    Website: http://www.insarag.org/

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International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG)

UN & International Organization

http://www.insarag.org/

INSARAG is a global network of more than 80 countries and organisations under the United Nations umbrella. INSARAG deals with urban search and rescue (USAR) related issues, aiming to establish minimum international standards for USAR teams and methodology for international coordination in earthquake...

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Mission

INSARAG is a global network of more than 80 countries and organisations under the United Nations umbrella. INSARAG deals with urban search and rescue (USAR) related issues, aiming to establish minimum international standards for USAR teams and methodology for international coordination in earthquake response based on the INSARAG Guidelines endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 57/150 of 2002.

• Render emergency preparedness and response activities more effective and thereby save more lives, reduce suffering and minimize adverse consequences.
• Improve efficiency in cooperation among international USAR teams working in collapsed structures at a disaster site.
• Promote activities designed to improve search-and-rescue preparedness in disaster-prone countries, thereby prioritizing developing countries.
• Develop internationally accepted procedures and systems for sustained cooperation between national USAR teams operating on the international scene.
• Develop USAR procedures, guidelines and best practices, and strengthen cooperation between interested organizations during the emergency relief phase.

Disaster Reduction Goal

To save lives by promoting efficiency enhanced quality and coordination amongst national and international urban search and rescue (USAR) teams on the basis of adherence to common standards and guidelines.

Membership in Key Networks

Both governmental and non-governmental Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams are members.

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.

Websites

http://www.insarag.org/
http://vosocc.unocha.org/
http://www.unocha.org/what-we-do/coordination-tools/insarag/overview

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  • Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Field Coordination Support Section Emergency Services Branch Palais des Nations 1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland

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