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United States Improves Tajikistan's Emergency Management System

August 9-13, 2010

Dushanbe, Tajikistan: The U.S. Department of Defense Civil Military Emergency Preparedness (CMEP) program sponsored an Emergency Operations Center and Geographic Information Systems Workshop for Representatives from Tajikistan’s Committee for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense and Ministry of Defense August 9-13.

During the workshop, members from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Virginia National Guard teamed up to discuss emergency management topics such as geographic information systems, incident management and organization, and crisis communications.

“As a nation, we’ve learned a lot in the area of emergency management from the disasters that have hit us – both natural and manmade. These workshops give us the opportunity to pass on those lessons learned to our counterparts in other nations, and even though we can’t prevent these disasters, we can at the very least save some lives in the process,” said David Schafer, emergency operations chief for the USACE New England District.

The introduction of the latest GIS technology and its requirements to the country’s emergency preparedness program were also well received by the participants, according to Jennifer Hoban, a GIS specialist from the USACE Russellville Project Office in Arkansas, and Mark Brewer, a realty specialist from the USACE Detroit District in Michigan, both of whom facilitated the GIS workshop.

Tajikistan representatives also expressed their appreciation to all the specialists for taking time to present their personal experiences and lessons learned and look forward to the continued cooperation between the two countries.

The CMEP program helps countries increase inter-ministerial collaboration within and between governments in the field of national and international emergency planning and preparedness. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead agency for CMEP.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers http://www.usace.army.mil

Civil Military Emergency Preparedness program http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/cmep/about.cfm