Completing the Manual on “First Psychological Assistance in Emergency Situations”

In the frame of cooperation with DRR National Platform/ARNAP Foundation, United Nations Development Programme and RA MES Psychological Assistance Department of Crisis Management National Centre a series of activities were developed and implemented, aim of which was to develop national capacities of the first psychological assistance in emergency situations. There are particularly being developed Manual on “First Psychological Assistance in Emergency Situations” and “Procedure for organizing First psychological assistance”. At the stage of creation is a psychologist roster, which is needed in large scale emergency situations to fill the lack of psychologists providing the first psychological assistance (response forces, as a rule, always lack specialists in large scale emergency situations) and to regulate the field.

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2018: Generally 269 participants, 152 men and 117 women have participated in ”Minimum Initial Services Package in Emergency Situations” trainings implemented by ”DRR National Platform” Foundation in the cities (Ijevan, Berd, Noyemberyan, Dilijan) of Tavush marz (region).

The trainings were foreseen for Medical staff and rescuers of the region and for empoyees of the civil defense footholds of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Armenia.

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A couple of days ago roundtable meeting was held, the aim of which was to present, discuss and redevelop disaster risk management plans for Educational institutions (schools and kindergartens), as well as to discuss the productive mechanisms of inputting them.

To make the discussion process more effective and to involve all the participants in it, it was created eight thematic subgroups accordingly with eight coordinators. After looking through the plans, participants group by group approached to the coordinators and presented their suggestions, considerations, which would be used by coordinators while redeveloping these plans.

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Ahead of the 2018 Central Asian and South Caucasus Sub-Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction,

Interview: 20/06/2018
Ahead of the Central Asian and South Caucasus Sub-Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction on 26-27 June, 2018, representative of Ministry of Emergency Situations RA, National Focal point of the Sendai Framework for DRR Margarita Hakobyan and UNDP DRR Project coordinator Armen Chilingaryan were hosted to “Aravot Luso” TV program on H1 TV channel.