Feedbacks were given from participants according to points below;
- Impressions from the workshop which includes mixture of theories, practical exercises and demonstrations.
- What is the situation in your country regarding nuclear preparedness and what would be your National Society’s response?
- General reflections on the CBRN workshop
Mr.Jae Ryul Kim
Deputy Head Disaster Relief,
The Republic of Korea National Red Cross
1. I think the workshop had a well-balanced mixture between theory and practice. The pre-workshop reading requirements allowed me to have an overall understanding out CBRN disaster preparedness, response, and recovery activities, and then the workshop strengthened my knowledge, particularly, at policy level, what should be done in preparation for and response to potential CBRN hazards and disasters. In addition, the demonstration that the Austrian RC conducted to show us how to use RN measurement tools and personal protective equipment was very practical though it would have been much better if all the participants had chances to wear the PPE and to use measurement tools. Finally, the visitations to the IAEA and the Austrian Government was also of great help for me to understand the importance of cooperation and coordination with major stakeholders.
2. CBRN disasters have been infrequent in South Korea so far. However, the risks are getting higher in my country as chemical accidents and communicable diseases such as MERS, SARS, and AI have been happening more often recently. In addition, after we witness the East Japan Earthquake/Tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, people in South Korea gradually recognized we could face a similar disastrous situation in the future. This concern and fear augmented when we had earthquakes with over 5.0 magnitude last year in the southern part of the Korean Peninsular, where most of our nuclear power plants and petro-chemical industrial complex are located. In response, the government decided to strengthen the building code, particularly expanding the scope and level of earthquake-proof building applications. The KRC is also actively advocating the importance of CBRN disaster preparedness and response.
3. Overall, the workshop was extremely helpful. As we face an ever-increasing likelihood that the so-called "traditional natural hazards" such as earthquake, tsunami, typhoon, etc. could generate a complex disaster by causing negative impacts on nuclear power plants and chemical industrial complex, the workshop was very timely for us to sensitize our RCRC Movement components on this issue.
Mr.Mohamed Hafez Zakaria
Emergency Response team member
Egyptian Red Crescent
1. My impression on the workshop was great, as this was the first time for me to attend a workshop related to CBRN, which is not familiar in my National Society. In addition, overall the experience and information that I`ve received during the workshop was plenty and enough to start building a resource in our National Society to start working on. The practical exercises and demonstrations included in the workshop gives us a good brief introduction on CBRN, covered many points concerning emergency preparedness and CBRN. It gave us useful information as well, on how situations can evolve and / or managed.
2. We had initial contacts with the relevant authority, the Ministry of defence together with the ambulance authority and ICRC. We still need to discuss about the specific role Egypt RC can provide in such kind of CBRN emergencies and there is for sure more support required from CBRN experts in IFRC and other National societies. After my return a workshop report was presented to our management and we have proposed a document concerning to CBRN and we will induct a CBRN workshop in our next emergency preparedness trainings.
3. The workshop was conducted excellently, the mix between theoretical part and practical activities was good, but giving more details on the interventions and Standard operating procedures would also be needed, I can`t give any negative feedback as the workshop was done with excellency as I`ve mentioned and well managed in addition the experiences that was shared by other National Societies such as Japanese Red Cross or Austrian RC which was very helpful for us. We are appreciating the work done by the IFRC and the hosting NS Austrian RC and the other partners who participated in this workshop looking forwarded more successful work with those partners.