QRCS holds emergency drill in southern Gaza

 22 Nov 2015 - 2:03

QRCS holds emergency drill in southern Gaza
Volunteers shift an ‘injured’ man to safety as part of the mock drill.

DOHA: The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has conducted a mock drill in Gaza as part of its $135,000 projects to give psychological support to victims of 2014 Gaza War.
At the beach of Khan Younes in southern Gaza, the drill recreated tsunami sweeping homes and shops amid ambulance sirens, victims everywhere and volunteers rushing to help.
As typical in such cases, the stricken areas were evacuated and the casualties were moved to hospitals. Psychological support, protection, and restoring family links staff were deployed to help victims, move them to safe places and provide socio-psychological support for the people, especially women and children.
Some 120 psychological, ambulance and emergency management staff from Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) took part in the drill, in collaboration with QRCS and Spanish Red Cross.
Azmi Al Akhtal, Psychological Programme Manager, QRCS, said: “Now, our staff are better prepared for any disaster. We have learned good lessons from working in severe weather conditions. These training programmes are designed to improve skills of relief staff and ensure effective performance and quick intervention to help distressed families anywhere,” he added.
QRCS’s psychological support programme seeks to enhance socio-psychological adaptation and rehabilitation of affected communities and qualification programmes for PRCS health service providers.

The Peninsula