📩 14/03/2023 10:48
Participating in the search and rescue efforts carried out in Adıyaman Isias Hotel, Near East University Faculty of Sports Sciences faculty members Assoc. Dr. Deniz Erdag, Assist. Assoc. Dr. Musa Oytun and Assist. Assoc. Dr. Founded under the leadership of Mustafa Behlül and Derviş Çapkıner, the Natural Disaster Search and Rescue Association aims to create a strong civil society pillar in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus's fight against natural disasters.
Kahramanmaraş-centered earthquakes in Turkey affected a large region spread over 11 cities. Famagusta Turkish Maarif College students, who were caught in Adıyaman, where they went to participate in the volleyball tournament to represent the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus due to the earthquake, are at Adıyaman Isias Hotel, where their families and teachers, including Near East University Sports Sciences lecturer Osman Çetinbaş, are staying. Our champion angels and many of our people lost their lives.
After the earthquakes, the earthquake risk of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the magnitude of possible earthquakes, and the durability of the building stock became the most frequently discussed agenda items. However, the earthquakes in Turkey once again showed that the strength of the professional response teams required in case of an earthquake or any other natural disaster is as important as the structural preparations required to mitigate the effects of the disaster.
Near East University Faculty of Sports Sciences academic members Assoc. Dr. Deniz Erdag, Assist. Assoc. Dr. Musa Oytun, Assist. Assoc. Dr. Based on this fact, Mustafa Behlül established the Natural Disaster Search and Rescue Association to create a strong civil society pillar in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus's fight against natural disasters when they returned to the country.
The first goal is to create a fully equipped and trained search and rescue team of 40 people.
Assoc. Dr. Deniz Erdağ's chairmanship, Asst. Assoc. Dr. Under the DAAK administration, where Musa Oytun is the general secretary and Derviş Çapkıner is the second chairman; Faysal Sadikoglu, Prof. Dr. Hasan Ulaş Yavuz, Assist. Assoc. Dr. There are 12 names, including Mustafa Behlül, Mücahit Erden, Mehmet Bektaş, Cevdet Çağlar, Tuğşad Ebeoğlu and Hasan Kurumanastırlı.
DAAK President Assoc. Dr. Deniz Erdağ says, "After the necessary training and equipment procurement, our first goal is to create a fully equipped and trained search and rescue team of 40 people." Stating that the names of the 40-person search and rescue team have been clarified, Assoc. “Our team consists of experienced people such as doctors, paramedics, dog trainers and retired soldiers who are experts in their fields,” says Erdağ.
Emphasizing that post-disaster search and rescue efforts require serious discipline and composure, Assoc. Dr. Erdağ said, “Considering the extent of the impact of disasters, it is unacceptable that the relevant public institutions, especially the Civil Defense Organization, are left alone in the struggle. For this reason, a very strong and organized civil society support is needed in the fight against disasters. Assoc. Dr. Erdağ said, “While we keep our own team ready for a disaster that may occur at any time, with internal trainings; We will carry out activities to raise awareness of the society, especially students and youth, with the trainings and exercises we will organize.”
DAAK; Cyprus will come to the aid of Turkey and every country in need.
Following the 1999 Kocaeli earthquake in Turkey, DAAK Secretary General Assist. Assoc. Dr. Musa Oytun said, “We are running to the aid of the society in natural disasters by providing effective disaster education to our students in cooperation with the Near East University AKDER and the TRNC Civil Defense Organization. While AKDER consists of Near East University students, we aim to spread these studies throughout the country in a much more professional way with DAAK, which we established.
Emphasizing that DAAK will not only carry out search and rescue activities in the TRNC, Assist. Assoc. Dr. Oytun said, "We will create a structure of international power, where we will rush to help if needed, wherever there is a disaster in the world, especially in Cyprus and Turkey."