Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

STAR-TIDES on a HA/DR field exercise

Back in May, the STAR-TIDES blog (“Sharing To Accelerate Research-Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support”) featured a detailed account of a Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief exercise conducted with the 10th Transportation “Waterborne” Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade of the US Army:

Throughout the week, we simulated number of scenarios that brought insight, knowledge, and experience to the soldiers and volunteers alike. Members of the battalion gained valuable HA/DR training by distributing urgently needed food supplies, performing non-standard medical evacuation, and meeting with key community leaders. Meanwhile, volunteers tested the soldiers’ ability to manage survivor expectations, and field anger and frustration directed towards them during a disaster. Planning for crowd management is critical to any humanitarian assistance or disaster relief operation.

You’ll find more on the exercise, and the lessons to be learned, here.

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