A more prepared Bangladesh

| September 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief addresses participants at the 2015 Pacific Resilience DREE closing ceremony, Sept. 3. Dhaka, Bangladesh.  The four-day event brought more than 150 participants from the multiple nations, non-governmental and international organizations together to work through a phased tabletop exercise and a field training exercise.

Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief addresses participants at the 2015 Pacific Resilience DREE closing ceremony, Sept. 3.

Staff Sgt. William Sallette
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System

 

DHAKA, Bangladesh — The sixth annual Pacific Resilience Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange (DREE), co-hosted by the Bangladesh Armed Forces and U.S. Army-Pacific, concluded, here, Sept. 3.

The DREE built on the accomplishments of last year’s exercise and expanded the communication between multiple agencies in the event of a catastrophic disaster in Bangladesh.

The four-day event convened more than 150 participants from the multiple nations, non-governmental and international organizations to work through a phased tabletop exercise and field training exercise.

“This exercise really gives all stakeholders the opportunity to get to know what each others’ responsibilities and capabilities are,” said Bangladesh Lt. Col. Md Jahangir Alam, joint operations. “This makes the relief efforts and response time much quicker, which is precisely what would be needed in the case of any major disaster.”

Participants practiced logistical and medical emergency scenarios, identified any gaps in plans and procedures that are currently in place, and increased coordination between emergency management and aviation stakeholders.

This year’s exercise also incorporated media in response planning.

During the exercise, participants created a multinational coordination center with the mission to integrate response efforts from military, civilian government and multiple international organizations. The exercise also involved the loading and unloading of relief supplies from an aircraft while conceptually managing the distribution of these supplies throughout the region.

“This was my first DREE and I was very impressed,” said Lt. Col. Dean Wood, deputy of Operations, 8th Theater Sustainment Command. “I was impressed with the overall operation, the coordination between the militaries, but most importantly, the coordination between the military and the government and international organizations.”

An extensive after-action review was held before the closing ceremony in order to collect information in order to improve on what was done during this exercise for future DREE exercises.

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