Under the patronage of the Deputy Chief of the National Guard Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Arab Open University Headquarters (AOU) in cooperation with Kuwait National Guard (KNG) General Headquarters organized a symposium, entitled “Crisis and Disaster Management in Kuwait and the role of KNG” during 26-27 April, 2016 at the Regency Hotel. KNG is keen to respond to emergencies and crises and support important services at a time of necessity as one of its responsibilities, KNG Undersecretary Lieutenant General Hashim Al-Rifai confirmed.
Al-Rifai added that this symposium aimed to unify visions during crises and disasters and develop plans for the crisis management system. He stressed the importance of efforts to maintain the security of Kuwait, especially over the circumstances in the region. He explained that KNG’s initiative to hold this event reflects its strategic approach, which puts the security of Kuwait at the forefront of its priorities, pointing to the societal role and willingness to cooperate with authorities in the management of crises and disasters.
Prof. Moudhi Al-Humoud, President of AOU, said that crisis management plans of all kinds, especially those on a national scale, need to be ready to effectively face repeated or large and emerging crises. Al-Humoud noted that the effective method to manage a crisis is to create a team ready to act anytime, make a decision to deal with the crisis seriously, review the steps and procedures of the team responsible, encourage the team after the end of the crisis and review the lessons learned.