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As many as 34 service and security sectors in Makkah region are benefiting from a training programme that focuses on advanced strategies in crisis and disaster management. A team of world-renowned crisis management experts from the Netherlands is conducting the five-week programme, organised by the Crisis Management Centre at the Makkah governorate. Ahmad Al-Sulaim, Director General of the project for tackling rainwater and flashfloods at the centre, said the programme was organised in line with a directive from Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal. Its objective is to update the officials of the concerned departments and agencies on the latest global methodologies and devices that can be applied in crisis and disaster management.
Spelling out the salient features of the training programme, Al-Sulaim said the first week of the course focused on managing crises pertaining to public safety, specifically natural disasters. These included preemptive and precautionary measures against natural disasters, carrying out studies about the causes of disasters and ways to prevent them, conducting drills as part of preparedness to confront any emergency situations, warning citizens against possible disasters and taking emergency rescue operations, and reconstruction following natural disasters.