Participants of the 11th ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) gained various experiences while taking part in the workshop that covered theoretical, practical and technical areas such as coordination, logistics, information management and leadership. Speaking at the 11th ASEAN-ERAT Induction Course closing ceremony, Awang Ajman bin Haji Meludin, the Acting Permanent Secretary for Safety, Welfare and Law at the Ministry of Home Affairs said these are crucial aspects in responding to disasters and providing humanitarian assistance as well as dealing with the media, in line with the age of digitalisation and social media which has escalated in importance.
Since its establishment in 2007, ASEAN has more than 304 members from ASEAN-ERAT who are ready to respond to disasters especially in the ASEAN region. The ASEAN-ERAT teams comprised individuals who are experienced and skilled in tackling disasters in the region. It was established by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management, comprising Heads of National Disaster Management Centres in ten ASEAN countries. ASEAN-ERAT was organised by the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre), which functions as the coordinating hub to mobilise resources to affected areas by disaster in the region.