After the General Assembly of the United Nations designated the 1st of March as an international day to celebrate the World Civil Defence Day, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – represented by the General Directorate of Civil Defense – celebrates this day with counterpart member states of the International Organization of Civil Protection. This is in appreciation of the great and continuous efforts made by civil defense organs in this age to keep human communities safe and secure against the hazards of natural and human-made disasters and to reduce their tragic impacts, especially with the increase of the hazards and threats that humans have to constantly deal with at home; on the road; and at work. It was this peril that led the international family to take action commensurate with the threat that such hazards pose to the safety of lives and property and to respond to the damage caused by such disasters in three basic areas, namely: “prevention, response, and management,” in the aftermath of disasters to help victims; maintain property; and conserve the environment.
Some of the Services and Applications Provided by the Ministry of Civil Defense
For receiving complaints, suggestions, and queries from reporters of accidents related to the functions of Civil Defense for quick and effective solutions.
An initiative launched by the Ministry. It gives attention to the importance of volunteer work in order to achieve the Saudi Vision 2030 that aspires to develop social and humanitarian services to be at the same level as the world’s advanced states. The system works on attracting volunteers through making registration available and completing all admission requirements electronically.
Sources and Databases That Can Be Useful in This Domain
Source: “الأمن والحياة” (Security and Life) – Naif Arab Academy for Security Sciences.
Source: First Saudi Conference on Crisis and Disaster Management – Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University.
(An event parallel to the World Civil Defence Day will be held on Sunday, Jumada Al-Thani 16, 1439 AH in King Abdullah University Library, female section)
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Ms. Maha Bouges - Public Relations - Female Section