SCDF has deployed two of its officers to assist in the Pakistan flood relief efforts. The two officers left Singapore on Friday
6 Aug 2010 at 1250hrs and are expected to arrive in Pakistan on Saturday 7 Aug 2010 at 0250 hrs.
2. The two officers are deployed under the auspices of United Nations Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs or UNOCHA. One of the officers will be deployed as part of the United Nations Disaster
Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team and will assist in the conduct of assessment on the affected
population, casualties' status, affected buildings, shelter, medical, food, transport and sanitary condition. The
other officer will be deployed under the Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Partnership (APHP) Singapore is the first
country to operationalise the APHP. This is a communications support module that provides UNDAC teams with
a communications link to the United Nations Reception Centre. In addition, the communications support is to
facilitate the need for specified equipment for operations and to establish On-Site Operation Coordination
Centre (OSOCC). team to support the UNDAC efforts in providing communications and IT coverage for OSOCC
to be set up at the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) compound.
3. SCDF, as a member of the international civil defence fraternity, has actively taken part in various overseas
humanitarian missions/exercises and meetings conducted under the UNOCHA. SCDF has 10 UNDAC and 11 APHP
trained members on 24/7 stand-by for deployment to overseas disaster sites within hours to carry out rapid
assessment of priority needs, and support the United Nations Resident Coordinator to coordinate international
relief on-site. Also as a member of the UNDAC’s Advisory Board, SCDF has contributed in formulating standard
operating procedures and guidelines for urban search and rescue.
UNDAC - The primary aim of UNDAC is to facilitate the international response to emergencies through immediate
establishment of coordination mechanisms for international relief operations at the site of a disaster. The UNDAC
team will also carry out an assessment of the situation and the resulting humanitarian needs and assist in putting
in place an information management mechanism to ensure information flow between the affected area, the
capital of the affected country and to the international organisations involved.
APHP - Singapore is the first country to operationalise the APHP. This is a communications support module that
provides UNDAC teams with a communications link to the United Nations Reception Centre. In addition, the
communications support is to facilitate the need for specified equipment for operations and to establish On-Site
Operation Coordination Centre (OSOCC).