Exercise ''ZHETYSU 2009''

  • 05 Sep. 2009 - 10 Sep. 2009
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  • Press Release (2009) 126
  • Issued on 28 Aug. 2009
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  • Last updated 15-Sep-2009 11:29

The Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) and the Ministry for Emergency Situations of Kazakhstan will conduct the disaster response field exercise “ZHETYSU 2009” from 5 to 10 September 2009 in the city of Kapchagay in the Almaty province of Kazakhstan.

All together, approximately 1000 participants, including more than 500 from Kazakhstan, will take part in the exercise. Over twenty Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) nations have nominated civilian and military teams, as well as command elements with the expertise and capability to deal with different aspects of emergencies.

The lead-in scenario for the exercise will be a severe earthquake in the vicinity of Almaty, resulting in high numbers of victims and widespread damage to critical infrastructure, including chemical spills.

“ZHETYSU” will allow NATO and Partner countries to practice disaster response mechanisms and capabilities and to enhance co-operation in emergency situations.

The exercise “ZHETYSU 2009” is a Kazakh contribution to the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program for 2009. Since 2000, this is the tenth field exercise conducted by the EADRCC.

Through this exercise, NATO and Partner nations will practice the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) procedures and Euro-Atlantic Response Unit (EADRU) capabilities in order to improve EAPC nations’ ability to respond to a disaster. The exercise will provide the opportunity to train and practice the guidelines of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) under the supervision of UN-OCHA. The exercise will also contribute to strengthen the stricken nation’s capability to effectively coordinate consequence management operations, including receiving and hosting international assistance in a demanding emergency situation.

The exercise will consist of the following phases:

5-7 September 2009: Organisation of on-site Operations, reception of teams, training for all participants and a Command Post Exercise.

8-9 September 2009: Field activities at the exercise sites.

10 September 2009: Evaluation, demonstrations and a closing ceremony.

Media arrangements:

Accreditation is necessary for all media representatives wishing to cover the exercise in Kapchagay.

Applications for accreditation should be addressed to:

Press-Service, Ministry for Emergency Situations, Republic of Kazakhstan
tel. +7 7172 94 80 03
fax +7 7172 94 48 32
mob. +7 777 240 69 28; +7 701 618 16 98
e-mail: eldor@emer.kz

Press-Service, Department for Emergency Situations of Almaty city,
Ministry for Emergency Situations, Republic of Kazakhstan
Gulshat Davrenbekova

tel. +7 727 261 85 16
fax +7 727 261 17 72
mob. +7 701 654 48 19
e-mail: d_guleke.sh@mail.ru

During the exercise “ZHETYSU 2009”, a Media Centre will be established in the exercise area. The Centre will be staffed by Kazakhstan and provide working facilities for journalists.

Media accommodations

Media representatives are requested to make their own accommodation arrangements.

Visa

Foreign nationals who need an entry visa are requested to apply for it at the nearest Mission of Kazakhstan.