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Disaster Management Certificate Program which took place between September 25th and 27th, 2017 with the collaboration of ITU-TRNC Education Research Campuses, TRNC Civil Defense Organization and Cyprus International University ended.


Prof. Dr. Mikdat KADIOĞLU, Prof. Dr. Nilgün OKAY, Doç. Dr. Nazan AKMAN ve ITU Psychological Counseling and Guidance Center Director Cem DEMİRBAŞ from Istanbul Technical University took part in the training program. Over 100 participants from 53 institutions, organizations and ministries in the disaster management system of TRNC took part in the training.


Participants received a 3-day training on topics such as Disaster and Crisis Management, Emergency Planning, Risk Reduction Planning, Structural and Non-structural Measures, Urban Risk Assessment, Public Awareness and Public Education for Disaster Risk Reduction, Building Community Disaster Resilience and Incident Command System, Disasters and Development, and Disaster Psychology.


Civil Defense Organization President Erdoğan ÇELEBİ gave a speech at the end of the program. Erdoğan ÇELEBİ emphasized that the program is just a step in creating a disaster resistant society. “We are working to create a society resistant to the disasters, and we will continue to work. The feedback we received shows that we have reached our goal," he said.


On the behalf of participants, Geology and Mine Office Directory Geology Department Manager Mehmet NECDET said that the program was successful. NECDET emphasized that Cyprus would be one of the first countries to be affected from climate change and that climate changes not only cause drought but heavy rains as well.


ITU-TRNC Rector Prof. Dr. Ercan KAHYA and Cyprus International University Rector Halil NADİRİ were given plaques by the Civil Defense Organization President Erdoğan ÇELEBİ for their contributions. ITU-TRNC Rector Prof. Dr. Ercan KAHYA gave plaque and certificate of participation to ITU academicians.