On 17-19 September, MapAction held it’s largest annual training event, a realistic simulation of a humanitarian emergency, with colleagues from partners including the British Red Cross, Insecurity Insight, Save the Children and Tearfund.
Our biggest training event of the year is in full swing. A disaster simulation exercise featuring storm flooding in the fictional country of Oxenascire. Join us live at https://t.co/gqnyrtiSUV at 14.15 BST.#MapActiontraining #MapActionSimEx #GIS #mapping #teamtraining pic.twitter.com/YDkSXEtIHv— MapAction (@mapaction) September 18, 2021
This exercise provides an opportunity for MapAction team volunteers and staff to hone skills, share learning, test protocols and embed new systems and technologies in a challenging but safe environment. It’s also a chance to catch up with friends and strengthen team relationships. Due to COVID-19, this is the first major training exercise of this kind we have held since June 2019, so it was great to be back in the thick of it again.
We’re grateful to the German Federal Foreign Office and British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office for funding this event and to our partners and guests who took time out of their weekend to participate in the exercise and/or present to our team.
This video gives a flavour of the weekend: