ASEAN tests regional disaster response readiness prior to Typhoon Haiyan

  • Flood - Congo Basin, Middle Africa and Eastern Africa

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Northwestern, United States

    30 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    47 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.7 - Bouvet Island region

    3 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Southwestern, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Alaska, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    3 hours ago WATCH

  • Severe Weather - E of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Extreme Cold - Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Munising, MI Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SW of Kitchener, Western Australia, Australia

    6 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Severe Weather - Montreal, Québec, Canada

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storm - Northern Rockies and Plains, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Severe Weather - Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • High Wind - Cap-Chat, Québec, Canada

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • High Wind - Port Burwell, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Blizzard - S of Ivugivik, Québec, Canada

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 65 km SSE of Gorontalo, Indonesia

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Suwanosejima, Japan

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - W of Dasht Kaur Basin, United Arab Emirates and Oman

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Volta Basin, W of White Volta River, Ghana and Togo

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of San Juan de Nicaragua, Río San Juan, Nicaragua

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Brahmaputra Basin, China, India and Myanmar

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yalu River Basin, China, South Korea and North Korea

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Baoding, North China

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Golmud, Qinghai, China

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Don Basin, NE of Don River, Russia and Ukraine

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southeastern Paraguay

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Guyana

    10 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - North Island of New Zealand

    10 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Extreme Cold - Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Snow Squall - NW of Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada

    12 hours ago WATCH

  • Blowing Snow - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Severe Weather - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Extreme Cold - Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - south of Panama

    17 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Brazil

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    17 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 220 km SW of Bengkulu, Indonesia

    17 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storm - Western, United States

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nile Basin, Eastern Africa, Middle Africa and Northern Africa

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hingol Basin, W of Hingol River, Iran and Pakistan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Abhe Bad Basin, Eastern Africa

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Turkmenbasy, Balkan, Turkmenistan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - La Paz, Baja California, Baja California Sur and Sonora, Mexico

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Congo Basin, Tanzania

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yaqui Basin, E of Yaqui River, Mexico

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Usumacinta Basin, Usumacinta and Grijalva Rivers, Mexico

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Tecuala, Nayarit, Mexico

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SW of Nueve de Julio, Pampas Argentina

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Orinoco Basin, Orinoco and Apure Rivers, Colombia and Venezuela

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Pedro Luro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Salvador, Northeast Brazil

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Carupano, Sucre, Venezuela

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Murray Basin, Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee Rivers, Australia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Amazon Basin, W of Mamore River, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Magdalena Basin, SW of Magdalena River, Colombia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chad Basin, Middle Africa and Western Africa

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Bengawan Solo Basin, Indonesia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Parana Basin, South America

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mataram, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Merauke, Papua, Indonesia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Raba, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Hari Basin, Indonesia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Mahakam Basin, Indonesia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Kapuas Basin, Kapuas and Mahakam Rivers, Indonesia and Malaysia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, W of Irrawaddy River, Myanmar and Thailand

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Vam Co Basin, NE of Vam Co River, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Aurangabad, Bihar, India

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ganges Basin, Penner and Damodar Rivers, India and Bangladesh

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Zhosaly, Aqtöbe and Qyzylorda, Kazakhstan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chamdo, Qinghai, Xizang and Yunnan, China

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hyderabad, Baluchistan, Punjab and Sind, Pakistan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Cauvery Basin, Sri Lanka

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Indus Basin, India and Pakistan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, Bangladesh and Myanmar

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Salween Basin, S of Salween River, China, India and Myanmar

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chao Phraya Basin, South-eastern Asia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yangtze Basin, NE of Yangtze River, China

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - SE of Karachi, Sind, Pakistan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mekong Basin, South-eastern Asia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hanggin Houqi, Nei Mongol and Ningxia Hui, China

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Indus Basin, Eastern Asia and Southern Asia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Shatt Al Arab Basin, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Brahmaputra Basin, Eastern Asia, Southern Asia and South-eastern Asia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yenisey Basin, SW of Selenga River, Russia and Mongolia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - W of Behbehan, Khuzestan, Iran

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chad Basin, Chad

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Niger Basin, Nigeria

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Saint-Louis, Saint-Louis, Mauritania

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Niger Basin, Niger and Bani Rivers, Burkina Faso and Mali

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Lamu, Lamu, Kenya

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Niger Basin, Benin and Nigeria

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Lake Turkana Basin, Kenya

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.4 - central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - SE of Baraka Basin, Eritrea and Sudan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ogooue Basin, Middle Africa

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Conakry, Conakry, Guinea

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Senegal Basin, Western Africa

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chad Basin, Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern India

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Vietnam

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Vietnam

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Northern Vietnam

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Vietnam

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brunei

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Ishikawa, Japan

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - South Korea

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Luanda, Angola

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Landslides - Luanda, Angola

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Landslides - Democratic Republic of the Congo

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Durant, MS Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.7 - 49 km NE of Bandar-e Lengeh, Iran

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Flood - E of Barcelos, North Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Tema, Greater Accra, Ghana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - SW of Kontagora, Niger, Nigeria

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Fonte Boa, Amazonas, Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Kinabatangan Basin, Philippines

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - E of Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - SW of Viet Tri, Phú Thọ, Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - NW of Chattogram, Chittagong, Bangladesh

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Volga Basin, Russia and Kazakhstan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Pallasovka, Volgograd, Russia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yellow River Basin, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Danube Basin, Eastern Europe and Southern Europe

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - S of Tillaberi, Tillabéry, Niger

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Senegal Basin, SE of Senegal River, Mauritania and Senegal

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Congo Basin, Dem Rep of the Congo and Zambia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nile Basin, Egypt

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Farafangana, Fianarantsoa and Toamasina, Madagascar

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Panama

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Federated States of Micronesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Mauna Loa, United States

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Cotopaxi, Ecuador

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Tuvalu

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Western Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Eastern Africa

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Severe Weather - East Java Province, Indonesia

    2 days ago INFORMATION

  • Cholera - Haiti

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Ebola Virus - Uganda

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Ebola Virus - Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    7 months ago WARNING

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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