Disaster preparation: participant opinions for management of potential post-earthquake industrial emergency


1st International Conference on Lifelong Education and Leadership for All, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 29 - 31 October 2015, pp.181-186 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Olomouc
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Page Numbers: pp.181-186


It is inevitable to experience disasters by the region we live in. However, it is quite important to foresee and manage the following chaos to occur. As in all over the world, scenarios which might occur after disasters are also planned in our country and various drills are carried out in this regard. In this study, a drill activity was organized for the management of potential post-earthquake industrial emergencies by the researchers within the scope of the 5th International Earthquake Symposium. A total of 18 people including engineers/technical staff employed in various industrial institutions in Kocaeli region, Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) Kocaeli Provincial Directorate and Kocaeli University participated in the activity voluntarily. After the drill, the participants were asked some questions by the researchers to get their opinions. Evaluating the responses to the questions, it was determined that each individual participating in the activity had participated at least one disaster drill activity and all of them believed that the drills were useful and necessary. It was found out that the participants had the opinion that this study, carried out for the building of a drill scenario, met their expectations or partly satisfied their expectations. In disaster and emergency drill scenario building, the participants specified the benefit of collaborative teamwork and knowledge sharing with people from different public and private institutions and organizations and brainstorming in positive aspects and the time being limited, corporate identities coming to the fore and there being few different institutions participating in the drill in negative aspects. In this study, it was observed that although both public and private sectors had trainings, plannings and drill studies carried out for disaster and emergency management, they had difficulty in forming a common language. It is recommended that private sector and public institutions cooperate for disaster and emergency management.