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Institute of Civil Protection & Emergency Management

The oldest learned charitable society for disaster risk reduction.

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By David Alexander

Promoting excellence in civil protection and emergency management.

In an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world ICPEM is an independent collaborating forum. We are dedicated to achieving better outcomes in disasters and emergencies for people, their property and livelihoods, economies and the environment.


We unite professional practitioners and academics to provide an informed and influential voice to influence, shape and educate policy makers, professionals, academics and the public. 

Our Vision & Mission

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the people of Turkey and Syria who have suffered immense losses.

Many ICPEM Members and Fellows have been involved in the search and rescue and crisis response as well as commentating on events. We intend to hold a debrief session for those involved and publish a short paper. Please contact our General Secretary if you would like to be involved. We will also look to publish a special edition of Alert, the Institute's Journal, exploring opportunities for learning from this disaster. 

Turkish-Syrian Earthquakes February 2023

Addressing the impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict

The Russia-Ukraine crisis has resulted in tragic loss of life, the displacement of millions of people, and political and economic disruption on a global scale. As the situation evolves, there are many considerations about, not only the humanitarian crisis, but also the management of risks to assets, operations and supply chains in the affected region and globally.

ICPEM recognises that the current geopolitical situation is first and foremost a humanitarian tragedy. We note that the longer-term impacts of the current situation could end in an even greater, more extensive human crisis. Nations must take action on this and other looming threats, whether these involve natural hazards or human-induced threats. In order to build a

better picture of risk, our understanding of vulnerability, exposure and consequence must be shared. Appropriate plans and mitigation measures must be developed rapidly and with strong cooperation between departments, institutions and countries. The plans must be informed by scientists from a range of disciplines, including disaster studies, who are dedicated to the promotion of resilience for the world’s people and communities.

Any comments made in the name of the ICPEM by members past or present are made solely by the individual and are not authorised or endorsed by the ICPEM Board of Trustees or Executive Council.


If you want to help support the response

With thanks to Dr Ken Hines and his network, ICPEM is working to support responders. In addition to offering membership, we have set up a private Telegram channel, for ICPEM members, to facilitate sharing of knowledge and information between ICPEM members and emergency managers and workers responding to this or any other humanitarian crisis.  Please join by following the link on your computer or mobile phone. You will need a Telegram account to participate. The purpose of the channel is to share knowledge, information, ask questions and support civil protection and emergency management responses to humanitarian crises around the world. All are welcome.  

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