ASEAN tests regional disaster response readiness prior to Typhoon Haiyan

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    21 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    25 minutes ago WARNING

  • Tropical Cyclone - Wasi

    52 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    40 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    42 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - E of Foumban, Ouest - Cameroon

    56 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Batouri, Est - Cameroon

    56 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - E of Bossangoa, Ouham - Central African Republic

    57 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SE of San Jose del Guaviare, Meta - Colombia

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - Los Sauces, Chile

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Lautaro, Chile

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Molina, Chile

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Renaico, Chile

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 140km SSE of `Ohonua, Tonga

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Oconto Falls, WI Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Columbia, SC Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 40km SSE of `Ohonua, Tonga

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    2 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Evansville, IN--KY Region, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Paducah, KY--IL Region, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southeastern, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Port Arthur, TX Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Memphis, TN--MS--AR Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Paris, TN Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 110km SSE of Pondaguitan, Philippines

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Camden, AR Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 114km SSE of Pondaguitan, Philippines

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Beardstown, IL Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Lufkin, TX Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Longview, TX Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mineola, TX Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Gadsden, AL Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mullins, SC Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

    10 hours ago WATCH

  • Flood - Florence, AL Region, United States

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Centre, AL Region, United States

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 146km E of Chichi-shima, Japan

    12 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Puyehue-Cordon Caulle, Chile

    15 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central Bolivia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Central Finland

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Victoria, Chile

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Taal, Philippines

    4 days ago WATCH

  • Storms - Northern India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Avalanches - Northern India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Queensland, Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Scotland, United Kingdom

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - England, United Kingdom

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Wales, United Kingdom

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southwestern Sweden

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Nunavut, Canada

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Nunavut, Canada

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern Peru

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Western Peru

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Peru

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bolivia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo/Uganda

    8 months ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northern Argentina

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - West Java, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Krakatau, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - East Kalimantan, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - West Sumatra, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Bolivia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Mozambique

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central and Southeastern Tanzania

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Measles Outbreak - Democratic Republic of the Congo

    1 month ago INFORMATION

  • Yellow Fever - Nigeria

    2 months ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 6.4 - 8km S of Indios, Puerto Rico

    1 month ago WARNING

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November 27, 2013

As reported on ReliefWeb, after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines it tracked across the warm South China Sea to Vietnam, claiming casualties and causing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate. This is not an uncommon scenario in the region. Southeast Asia is vulnerable to numerous hazards, including tropical cyclones, which endanger millions of residents and cause wide-spread damage due to high winds, coastal surge, and extreme flooding. Occasionally, large scale events require relief, response, and recovery efforts that extend across national borders. To test and improve their disaster management processes and regional agreements, and to ensure that they are ready to support disaster response efforts in neighboring countries, the ten Members States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) conduct an annual ASEAN Regional Disaster Emergency Response Simulation Exercise (ARDEX).

Incidentally taking place just prior to when Haiyan hit the region, the Government of Vietnam hosted, and along with the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), co-organized ARDEX-13, which was conducted on October 21 to 24 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The four-day event was an opportunity to practice, test, and evaluate the readiness of disaster responders and emergency response mechanisms under the ASEAN Standby Arrangements and Standard Operating Procedures (SASOP). ARDEX is also a means of identifying lessons learned to further improve both SASOP and the participants’ actual joint response to disasters.

The scenario for the exercise was not far from the real world tragedies that Haiyan caused. According to the scenario, fictional Super Typhoon Neptune makes landfall over Vietnam, causing wind damage and collapsed structures, massive flooding, and chemical spills. Responders from the region are then mobilized to address all of these events. Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) was an invited observer of this exercise.

PDC has been collaborating with the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) for many years in disaster risks reduction (DRR) efforts in the region. These collaborations culminated in 2012, with the deployment of the region’s first multi-hazard “Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS)” at the AHA Centre in Jakarta. DMRS is a customized system based on PDC’s DisasterAWARE platform. The DMRS offers a consolidated environment for multi-hazard monitoring, early warning, decision-making, and information sharing. DMRS was one of the resources relied on for the ARDEX-13 exercise.

PDC Executive Director, Ray Shirkhodai, attended the exercise, and observed the real-world response to the fictitious Super Typhoon Neptune, which made simulated landfall in the area of the Northern Delta Provinces near Hanoi. ARDEX-13 was the first opportunity to fully test the operational capability of the AHA Centre since its establishment in November 2011.

The multi-level event involved over 800 individuals from various Vietnam national agencies in addition to 90 responders representing ASEAN Member States, and more than 1,000 volunteers. Emergency communications were exercised in Hanoi, then neighboring countries exercised their customs, immigrations, and quarantine mechanisms, and everyone participated in workshops, including a refresher course for the ASEAN Emergency Rapid Assessment Team. To test the implementation of joint disaster response procedures, a field simulation exercise was held in Ba Vi. Finally, all participants helped evaluate the implementation of procedures and mechanisms during the exercise.

Invited observers, in addition to Shirkhodai, included representatives from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, United States, United Nations, USAID, and other international and non-governmental organizations.

To find out more about this event and DMRS at the AHA Centre:
• Read an ASEAN article about the event,
• Go to the AHA Centre website,

• Read about the DMRS launch event,
• Read about the ICT Workshop at the AHA Centre, and
• A story about the original installation of DisasterAWARE at the AHA Centre.

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