Shopping centers in Almaty to take part in the competition "Company of the Year, the most prepared for emergencies."

Nov 6, 2015

(Almaty, November 6, 2015) City Department of Emergency Situations (ES) together with the Almaty Akimat (City Administration) have announced the competition "Company of the Year, the most prepared for emergencies." The competition is held within the DIPECHO VIII project “Scaling up resilience to seismic hazards of urban and rural communities in South-East Kazakhstan”, which is implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Committee of Emergency Situation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan with financial support of the European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department  (ECHO).

"This competition is a pilot project that is aimed at the involvement of Kazakh companies having socially responsible business, into the process of disaster risk reduction. Citizens of Almaty will be also involved into awareness raising activities on seismic hazards" - said Deputy Head of the Department of Emergency Situations of Almaty, Colonel Nurlan Madiyarov (Нурлан Мадияров).

This year's competition involved several large shopping centers (SEC) of the city – “MEGA Alma-Ata”, ”Promenade” and “Maxima". Every day tens of thousands of people become their visitors, therefore, preparedness of these centers to potential emergencies is crucial.

The competition provides consultations and trainings on development of individual action plans for each of the participating companies in order to prepare the shopping centers to seismic risks.

Under the terms of the contest, the special commission will check the general condition of readiness for emergencies; work of the companies’ appropriate services responsible for customers’ safety during emergencies as well as the availability of necessary regulatory and technical documentation. Emergency training for security units and tenants will also be carried out.  "The participating  shopping centers are the best place to hold Project’s events and activities, as well as for dissemination of information materials to raise awareness of residents and guests of the southern capital of Kazakhstan" - emphasizes Mr. Maxim Kadyrbaev,  DIPECHO VIII Project manager.

Results of the contest and the winner will be announced in December.

 

Additional information about the Project

DIPECHO VIII project: “Scaling up resilience to seismic hazards of urban and rural communities in South-East Kazakhstan” is implemented by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in close cooperation with Committee of Emergency Situation of Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan with financial support of the European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO).

The budget of project is 421 607 USD. ECHO supports relief activities for vulnerable people in crisis zones around the world.

 The Project  are focused in the development and supporting of innovative approaches in order to secure the readiness for natural disasters  both in local and national levels,  and provision of assistance to the Government of Republic of Kazakhstan in terms of strengthening of the  system in  seismic preparedness, elaboration of practical methods of  community involvement  and commercial sector in seismic-risk management  and disaster risk reduction mechanism for further replication  by the state authorities.

 

For additional information, please, contact: Mr. Maxim Kadyrbayev, DIPECHO VIII Project manager, tel.. +7 727 271 98 40, e-mail: maxim.kadyrbayev@undp.org or Mr. Andrey Sidorin, DIPECHO VIII Project PR Specialist, e-mail: asidorin@gmail.com

 

 

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