"Preventive and protective measures must be thought of before the disaster hits; there is no use in mourning afterwards."


Current Status

A total of 4940 MAGs (Neighborhood Disaster Volunteers) from 105 neighborhoods located within Kocaeli, Istanbul, Yalova, Bursa and Izmir provinces have completed the standard basic training program and signed cooperation protocols with the Civil Defense

Neighborhood Disaster Support (NDS) Centers have been established and fully equipped within these neighborhoods; radio communications system has been set up with the Civil Defense.

Neighborhood Disaster Support Committees have been formed, trained and activated

The NDS model has been created and is being tested under various conditions

Institutionalization efforts are under way to insure sustainability of the model

Who Can Join the MAGs?
Men and women between the age of 18-55 who:
Are residing and planning to stay in the neighborhood for a long time
Are good team players and dedicated to volunteerism
Have no serious physical handicap or health problem
Have no record of conviction of a felony

Basic Training Program
Subject Course Duration (hours)
Disaster Awareness & Preparedness 2
Disaster Psychology2
Basic Firefighting8
Basic First Aid12
Basic Search and Rescue14

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Merkez Mah. Halaskargazi Cad.
Ali Kocman Apt. No:175
Kat: 6 D.6
Tel: +90212 296 54 90 (Pbx)
Fax: +90212 296 21 20
E-mail: vakif@magvakfi.org.tr

Neighborhood Disaster Volunteer Programme (NDV) is being implemented by MAG Foundation within the Marmara Region of Turkey with the cooperation of the Provincial Governors and the Civil Defense Directorates in accordance with the Civil Defense Regulations applicable to voluntary participation in the Civil Defense Services.