“Earthquake-Simulator Truck” will be in Fethiye on April 23.

16th, 2012
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A social responsibility project called “Life goes on, Turkey” (Hayata Devam Türkiye) by Aksigorta and the Search and Rescue Association of Turkey, or AKUT, aims to increase consciousness about disaster insurance and readiness. Mobile Earthquake Simulation Training Truck was prepared for the project to provide some hands-on training and has toured in Istanbul as the pilot area, now it will move to other cities of Turkey including Eskişehir, Kütahya, Muğla, Burdur, Isparta, Kayseri, Sivas, Erzincan, Yozgat, Sakarya, Tekirdağ, Edirne, Kırklareli and Antalya. The truck’s interior is designed and furnished to highlight the affect of a shake on furniture as well as on people. The simulation will be held on April 23, at Tuesday Market. AKUT Head Nasuh Mahruki said “We are proud and happy to save several lives as AKUT in various disasters.” Aksigorta General Manager Uğur Gülen said “Turkey ranks third in the world in terms of the number of people lost their lives in earthquakes, and eighth in terms of the number of people affected by the earthquake. 96% of Turkey is at risk, and 98% of people are living in these risky areas. ” These rates, unfortunately, reveal the fact that our country is an earthquake country. Turkey experiences earthquakes with the average size of 5-6 each year, and approximately 1000 citizens die each year, nine thousand houses are damaged. Therefore, awareness and knowledge about natural disasters in countries like ours is of vital importance. Ak Sigorta and AKUT toured 20 provinces and 100 districts in the first two years of the project, trying to raise awareness in more than 2 million people against natural disasters. When our project is completed at the end of the 5th year, we believe citizens will be better equipped, and will stand up more strongly against natural disasters.

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