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ISG's EM&R Team Hosts Virtual Workshop with Serbia Focused on Foreign Disaster Assistance

Posted: Mar 19, 2021
Ashley Woodson

ISG's Emergency Management and Resilience (EM&R) team conducted a virtual workshop in support of partnership with the Republic of Serbia from 10-11 March 2021.

The workshop brought together 35 participants, primarily Serbian national interagency representatives, including their Ministry of Interior/Sector for Emergency Management, border police, and national Red Cross chapter. There were also select representatives from the European Union’s Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the NATO Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC), NATO Crisis Management and Disaster Response Centre of Excellence (CMDR COE), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Ohio National Guard.

This workshop was the first in a series of two this year with the focus on emergency management arrangements and cooperation mechanisms between various ministries, agencies, and organizations for the receipt/delivery of international disaster assistance. This series also aims to integrate foreign disaster assistance into the Serbian national disaster response framework, formalizing coordination mechanisms and emergency response expectations among national and international organizations.