President Ts.Elbegdorj visited KhanUul District’s Disaster Risk Reduction Center on Monday, to oversee how emergency services are provided to residents in the event of a disaster. Chairman of the National Emergency Management Agency of Mongolia (NEMA) Brigadier B.Badral welcomed President Ts.Elbegdorj and introduced him to the center’s operations.
The President learned about the center’s earthquake response training, tall building rescue procedures, treating carbon monoxide poisoning, and first-aid kit distribution, and also watched an educational film about disaster risk management.
Since the center’s opening, a number of adults, children, officials, teachers, and students have attended training courses on disaster risk management and how to respond during a disaster. The center provides information about where to go to during a disaster, how to prepare a first-aid kit, how to use basic firefighting equipment, and other critical skills for disaster response.
The center’s training rooms are equipped to meet international standards. Students from Ulaanbaatar Empathy School were joined by President Ts.Elbegdorj for disaster training at the center.
President Ts.Elbegdorj noted that natural disasters are unexpected threats that can turn into painful and heartbreaking tragedies, so great attention should be paid to disaster risk prevention. He noted that scientists say a huge earthquake hit the area of presentday Ulaanbaatar about 1,000 years ago, and that there are seismic fissures around Ulaanbaatar.
He added that preparing for disaster can reduce the risk of damage and loss, and that the state is responsible for keeping its people safe and educating them about how to stay safe during a disaster. The President said that he hopes to see Disaster Risk Reduction Centers open in Darkhan and Erdenet.
He noted that scientists cannot predict when an earthquake will happen, so people must prepare themselves for disaster response and participate in the training offered by the center.