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Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

In partnership with Makhzoumi Foundation, the Lebanese Development Network (LDN) in collaboration with the Continuing Education Program at the Lebanese American University organized on July 2, 2011 a training workshop entitled "Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management", at the University Campus.

The training was conducted by Mr. Thad Hicks, Director and Co-Founder of Conflict Analysis and Intervention Group (CAAIG) as well as the Director of the Disaster Management program at Ohio Christian University.

Mr. Samer Safah, Makhzoumi Foundation Deputy General Manager, addressed the audience with a welcome note stressing on the importance of this exchange initiative especially through raising critical topics.

Afterwards, Mr. Hicks started the workshop by focusing on the core competencies of the planning, triage, incident command, injury patterns and consideration for special populations. He also examined the emergency management, planning, and response techniques and emphasized on the effective coordination of medical facility personnel, public and non-profit agencies and the military to deal with a variety of man-made and natural events.

The participants included a group of professionals representing prominent local and international public and private institutions like: UNDP, UNHCR, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, Lebanese Army, Saint Joseph University, International Medical Corps, Red Cross, RI, MEA, IOCC, Al Majmouaa, Middle East Institute of Health, Future Security Company, Jinishian Memorial Program, RMF, NRC, Mefosa, LAP, Amel Association, Al Makassed, MRDS-Lebanon and Zarif Medical Center.

The participants extended their appreciation to the organizers for their contribution to the implementation of this beneficial training workshop which was also an opportunity for them to exchange experience in such important field.

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