(200) shelters, which are ready for occupancy in emergency situations.
A special unit within the Fire Service Directorate, which has been established to perform the dangerous rescue operations, and the relevant teams and staff are trained to deal with crises and disasters.
The Environment Public Authority works and coordinates with other relevant governmental authorities, with respect to drawing up general plans for awareness-raising of how to respond to disasters.
Based upon that, the Environment Public Authority conducted a workshop on the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction on the thirteenth of last October, under the theme “Reduction of the number of people affected by the disasters”, which was attended by several agencies and authorities, in the presence of Sheikh/Abdullah Ahmad Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah, the chairman and managing director of The Environment Public Authority and doctor./Hilal Al-Sayer, Chairman of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society.
The activities of this workshop were taken place, with respect to outlining the threats and risks for the state of Kuwait, whether these risks resulted from natural disasters or man-made and a detailed explanation of the current environmental situation was provided, as well as providing answers for the most important question that came to minds of the citizens:
“What should we do in emergency situations and environmental disasters ?”
The participating agencies and authorities declared that the procedures, which were conducted in such cases by the governmental authorities, were not so different from these procedures, which should be conducted by citizens. The primary procedures were identical for disaster response and emergency preparedness, whether these were natural emergency situations or man – made, such as the preparation of packages of kits and development of communication plans to provide the family members with information.
The participating agencies and authorities declared that knowing the proper procedures, which should be taken by citizen in emergency situations, was an important part of the preparedness exercise and it could make all the difference, especially if time was running out.