Turkey’s National Earthquake Strategy
Meeting of National Earthquake Strategy and Action Plan, hosted by Sakarya University, was over.
YÖK Member of Executive Board Prof. Dr. Durmuş Günay, Rector of Sakarya University Prof. Dr. Muzaffer Elmas, Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) Head of Earthquake Department Dr. Murat Nurlu, Rector of Adana Science and Technology University Prof. Dr. Adem Ersoy and many academicians from different universities attended the meeting.
We are pleased to host this meeting
SAU Rector Prof. Dr. Muzaffer Elmas stated that they are pleased to host this meeting and said “One of the most important subjects of this meeting is carrying out some studies to start new programs for providing education about disaster management and to supply information for employees.” Rector Elmas emphasized that training of personnel is an essential point and they are required to be trained through both face to face education and distance education.
The highest loss of life is resulted from earthquake
Head of Earthquake Department Dr. Murat Nurlu gave information about National Earthquake Strategy and Action Plan and conveyed that in our country the earthquake is in the first place with 60% of loss of human life and property. Nurlu said that 77 big earthquakes have happened since 1900s.
National Earthquake Strategy and Action Plan (UDSEP) 2023
“UDSEP is a cooperation of public sector, private sector, university and society organizations. It embodies awareness movement of all sectors from children to teachers. The main purpose of UDSEP 2023 is to prevent loses and damages stemming from the earthquake and construct new environments which are earthquake resistant and safe” Nurlu said.
Support of YÖK
YÖK Member of Executive Board Prof. Dr. Durmuş Günay pointed out that the results of the discussions on this meeting will be evaluated by YÖK Board and what is required will be done.
“In general, as a society we take precautions after experiencing a disaster” Günay said and added “YÖK wants to do its own part in protection from disasters.”
Prof. Dr. Nuray Aydınoğlu from Boğaziçi University had a speech about “In service training of personnel working in construction sector” and Prof. Dr. Zekai Celep from İstanbul Technical University gave information about undergraduate and graduate programs of disaster management for managers.
SAU Rector Prof. Dr. Muzaffer Elmas, moderator of first session, and panelists Rector of Adana Science and Technology University Prof. Dr. Adem Ersoy, Prof. Dr. Haluk Sucuoğlu from Middle East Technical University, Prof. Dr. Adem Doğangün from Uludağ University expressed their opinions about in service training of stuff in construction sector.
SAU Faculty Member Prof. Dr. Erman Coşkun was the moderator of second session entitled “Increasing number of professional disaster managers and developing education of disaster management.” Speakers were Prof. Dr. İzzet Bozkurt from Yeni Yüzyıl University, Prof. Dr. Levent Gülen from SAU and Prof. Dr. Nilgün Okay from ITU.
On the last session, distance education about disaster management was discussed. The session was moderated by Prof. Dr. Orhan Torkul from SAU. Prof. Dr. Günhan Erdem from Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Prof. Dr. Harun Taşkın from SAU, Assist Prof. Dr. Hayrettin Zengin gave information about undergraduate and graduate programs of disaster management.
The opinions discussed in the meeting will be offered to YÖK. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Naci Çağlar expressed that the overemphasized topic in the meeting was education of students in undergraduate programs about disaster and earthquake.
Çağlar underlined that most of the participants suggested a compulsory course about disaster education for undergraduate students. He stated the young people will actively take part in disaster management through foundation and encouragement of disaster and emergency action student unions.
“The first thing coming to mind when you think about disasters in Turkey is an earthquake. For this reason, new suggestions about education of civil engineers are offered to YÖK.”
July 04, 2012, AB