Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency

Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency
Afet ve Acil Durum Yönetimi Başkanlığı (AFAD)
Agency overview
Formed 2009
Jurisdiction Government of Turkey
Headquarters Dumlupınar Bulvarı No: 159 (Eskişehir Yolu 9. Km) Çankaya Ankara
Agency executive Disaster and Emergency Management Director-General, Ejder Kaya
www.afad.gov.tr/ afad.gov.tr/ www.afad.gov.tr/

Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey[1],(Turkish: Afet ve Acil Durum Yönetimi Başkanlığı, AFAD) established in 2009 to take necessary measures for an effective emergency management and civil protection issues Turkish nationwide. The presidency conducts; pre-incident works such as preparedness, mitigation and risk management, during incident works such as response, post incident works such as recovery and reconstruction. AFAD is affiliated to the Turkish Prime Ministry.

Amongst the Governmental, NGO and private institutions, presidency provides coordination, formulates policies and implements policies.

In a Disaster and Emergency situation the AFAD is the only responsible organization.


Two consecutive major earthquakes in 1999 became the turning point in disaster management in Turkey. Pre-disaster measures came into the agenda of the government and country, together with these earthquakes. Turkey's Disaster Management System was mainly focused on the post-disaster period and there were no incentives or legislations to encourage risk analysis or risk reduction approaches before these earthquakes. Both the academic and the technical authorities agreed that the country?s strong need was, to develop pre-disaster precautions covering a revised legislation and administrative restructuring

By the Act 29/5/2009 dated and No.5902 Establishment of Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency; General Directorate of Turkey Emergency Management under Prime Ministry, General Directorate of Civil Defence under Ministry of Interior , General Directorate of Disaster Affairs under Ministry of Public Works and Settlement were closed. Three core institutions have unified under single independent authority with the act adopted by the parliament and entered into force in June, 2009. The name of the new institution is Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency.(AFAD)


  1. ^ AFAD's website in English reviewed in 10.11.2011

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