“Disaster awareness is a must to survive in disasters”
Meteorology and Disaster Management Professor Mikdat Kadıoğlu: “Deaths are caused mostly by lack of awareness in flood disasters being one of the natural disasters. The incident in Ankara showed how important the awareness is once more.”
Sompo Sigorta putting the “Yerküreye Saygı” (Respect to the Earth) Project into effect with the consultancy of Meteorology and Disaster Management Professor Mikdat Kadıoğlu to increase public awareness in climate change and create behaviour change in individuals, evaluated the flood disaster happened yesterday in Ankara.
Emphasizing that in such disasters especially in floods, both meteorological forecasts and warning mechanisms for long term are available in the world Meteorology and Disaster Management Professor Mikdat Kadıoğlu said that: “I think it is beneficial to develop and implement such mechanisms in our country. Hence, the fact that both incidents in deaths caused by lack of awareness during the disaster shows how important the awareness is once more.” For example, deaths due to the attempts for closing the door and entering a building and exposing the electricity without estimating the flood capacity are unfortunately caused by lack of knowledge. Accordingly our Yerküreye Saygı Project realized with Sompo Sigorta is crucial for our country.”
Sompo Sigorta Sales and Marketing Deputy General Manager Özer Şimşek said: “We are very sorry about the flood disasters caused deaths of three of our citizens and the financial loss in Ankara. Unfortunately, natural disaster rates have been increasing as a result of climate change. It is as vital as decreasing natural disasters to prevent them. Within the scope of our Yerküreye Saygı project throughout the country launched as Sompo Sigorta, we emphasize that it is possible to prevent disasters caused by climate change by taking basic measures. These basic measures and disaster awareness mostly prevent injuries and fatal accidents. We continue our activities and develop projects in order to raise public awareness in this subject. Initially we sponsored the book called “Afet Affetmez” of Meteorology and Disaster Prof. Dr. Mikdat Kadıoğlu. Basic methods to survive and prevent natural disasters are mentioned in the book. We are planning to distribute the book free of charge by publishing more copies. Our first aim under the Yerküreye Saygı project is; to raise disaster awareness starting from early age and to minimise the damage caused by disasters. As Sompo Sigorta; we will continue our project with determination in order to decelerate the global warming causing climate change and such disasters.”
Translated by Çevirimvar Professional Translation Agency