U.S. emergency preparedness team conducts workshop with Georgians (February 28)

U.S. Emergency preparedness team conducts a workshop with Georgians (February 28)

U.S. Emergency preparedness team conducts a workshop with Georgians. Photo: State Det
U.S. Emergency preparedness team conducts a workshop with Georgians. Photo: State Det

An interdisciplinary team of exercise and emergency managers and planners, geospatial and public information experts from the United States’ Civil-Military Emergency Preparedness Program were in Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi Feb. 25-28, 2019, to conduct the first of several workshops with the ultimate goal of creating a National Exercise Program for the country.

The need for a National Exercise Program, or NEP, was most recently identified from an assessment that was completed by the American team in 2018. The NEP serves as the primary means to examine national-level preparedness and resilience across the entire disaster management spectrum with the purpose to design, coordinate, conduct and evaluate exercises that test the nation’s ability to perform missions and functions that prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate against hazards.

As a component of the national preparedness framework and system, the NEP provides a consistent method to examine and validate the country’s core capabilities to prepare to respond to disasters.

At the conclusion of this first workshop, the Georgian team gained a better understanding of what’s needed to move forward to establish an effective NEP and self-assess their need to develop the ability to identify vulnerabilities and improve their capabilities as they relate to disasters.

This long-standing partnership between these two countries working to develop and improve disaster preparedness for the Black Sea country dates back to 2004.

The U.S. Department of Defense created the Civil-Military Preparedness Program at the end of the Cold War as a way to assist former Warsaw Pact countries in regional response efforts. CMEP fosters the skills and capabilities all countries need to achieve their security objectives and to meet the consequence management expectations of their citizens following disaster events. The Program is led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is world-wide.