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One of SARAID's Engineers Josh Macabuag will be taking part in a panel discussion as part of the prestigious RedR UK (Registered Engineers For Disaster Relief) Speaker Series. The event is titled "Earthquake Engineering" and brings together a number of practitioners to discuss the various stages of earthquake engineering, from the initial post-disaster response to long-term recovery and preparedness. Josh will be primarily discussing his experiences as an engineer from deploying with SARAID to the 2015 Nepal Earthquake alongside another of SARAID's engineers, Mark Scorer (Atkins).

The event is free to attend, so please sign up here and show your support.

Event: RedR Panel Discussion: Earthquake Engineering
Date/Time: 28 JUNE 6.30PM
Venue: Institution of Civil Engineers, 1 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA
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RedR UK (Registered Engineers For Disaster Relief) is an international humanitarian NGO which supports aid organisations and other humanitarian actors across the world by developing skills and providing expertise. Their speaker series provides an opportunity for the insights that members and other humanitarians have gained, from recent work or research undertaken in the field, to be shared more widely.

So far at SimEx 2017

Well it's all started for the Portsmouth Simex. Early this morning the team leader received a message that there had been an earthquake measuring 7.1 (RS) in the fictional country of Drachir at 02:00 (local) on 8 May 2017.

The initial quake with an estimated depth of 10km and a series of powerful aftershocks have caused extensive damage in Drahcir and along the associated fault line stretching into the neighbouring countries of Mas and Nemrac. There are increasing reports of significant damage to buildings and infrastructure. The local responders are working hard but are becoming increasingly challenged by the magnitude of the event. Urgent requests for international assistance have been received from all three affected countries.

The SARAID team members are now busy packing and preparing equipment and will be making their way to the team Rendezvous location to meet up with colleagues from our partner team @Fire from Germany, who will be joining with the SARAID team to respond to this request.

More info to follow as things develop

Update about SimEx 2017, from our insider on the exercise staff

Based in and around Portsmouth, Hampshire the SimEx series of exercises have taken place annually over 5 years, growing from being a small event to the large scale multinational, multi-agency exercise it is today, Europe's largest Disaster response exercise.

The exercise comprises a mix of live, simulation and command and control events in order to provide a neutral platform to test both national and international emergency response mechanisms.

The overall aims of the exercise comprise:
1. International and national response capacity development
2. Promote coordination of humanitarian/public assistance and research
3. Evaluation of emergency management systems including institutional and legal frameworks presented by the participating organisations

All SimEx activities are guided by the four humanitarian principles:
1. humanity
2. neutrality
3. impartiality
4. independence

These principles provide the foundations for humanitarian action internationally and are central to establishing and maintaining access to affected people, whether in a natural disaster or a complex emergency, such as armed conflict. Nationally in the UK principles for emergency response and recovery arrangements should be flexible and tailored to reflect circumstances, following a common set of 8 underpinning principles
1. Anticipation
2. Preparedness
3. Subsidiarity
4. Direction
5. Information
6. Integration
7. Co-operation
8. Continuity

The exercise series strives to further develop a shared understanding of the multi-agency framework for emergency response and recovery at the local level, and the roles and responsibilities of individual organisations in accordance to the 8 principles.

This year, the participating organisations include; SARAID, @Fire, University of Portsmouth, The United Nations OHCR, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK Border Force, ServeON, The Dept for International Development, South Central Ambulance Service, 4x4 Response, RNLI, HM Coastguard, The Red Cross and Team Rubicon.

The team have no idea how the situation will develop over the week, but we do know they will be kept busy and their skills and expertise fully tested!

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