THE CHRONICLE OF THE RELATION BETWEEN THE AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE AND THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN TURKEY. Author: Aziz SASA,TA1E President TRAC TRAC ARES-Officer. BACKGROUND.
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-Civil Defense,although appointed to be the primary rescue agency during emergencies by law, had not the required manpower and equipment available,
-Civil Defense had never mobilized volunteers so far, although clear provisions existed in the related law.
-Although several provisions and decretes existed, preparedness in any terms was totally nonexistent.
Most of the top government officials had never dealt with volunteers.
-The existing volunteer organisations in the country were mainly charities which focussed on social matters; there were no volunteers in the field related to emergencies operationally (search and rescue or similar).
-Although Turkey had experienced many devastating earthquakes in the past (in average every second year with M>6), an emergency management existed even not “on the paper ”.
The Amateur Radio Regulations of that period were containing several contraproductive elements, such as prohibition of mobile stations, age limit of 18 years for licensees, some frequency limitations which were in contrary to the international standarts.
These hindered the wide-range application of Amateur Radio Emergency Service considerably and were totally opposite to the approach which gave a significant role to the Amateur Radio Service in the same regulations.
The ban of mobile stations was eliminated during the revision of the regulations in 1991-especially because of its necessity during emergencies. The removal or modification of the age limit-a primary factor which blocked the flow of young newcomers to Amateur Radio and therefore the required manpower for emergency operations took a much longer time (2004)
THE BEGINNING: SERVICE AND THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN TURKEY
*)The translation of this and other relevant documents can be seen atwww.reliefweb.int/telecoms/iaru
Marmara SERVICE AND THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN TURKEY
of 17 August
TO PRESIDENCY OF WIRELESS AND SERVICE AND THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN TURKEY
RADIO AMATEURS ASSOCIATION TRAC I appreciate your excellent endeavors and valuable contributions regarding the reconstruction of communication between our Ministry and Governors following the earthquake disaster which took place in Marmara Region at the date of August, 17 1999; I wish you continued success in your endeavors. September 10, 1999 Sadettin TANTANMinister of Interior Affairs
This is the result of a typical approach of the bureaucracy which tends to defend its “patronage” and/or its “area of sovereignity”.
The other fact is, that government agencies consider communications as “an item among many” and don’t give special attention to it-as long the public networks are working.
On the other hand, volunteers sometimes may trend to overestimate their role, ignoring the fact that government agencies are holding the primary responsibility of all actions to be taken in emergencies. In extreme situations-especially if a liasion between the parties has not been established before-”ego conflicts” may happen. Therefore, patient and systematic efforts to establish liaison and mutual understanding between the parties have to be done-especially in countries which are threatened by disasters.