Second phase of the project „Disaster risk reduction”, under name “Building capacities in local communities and Caritas networking for building disaster Resilience” included one study visit in Kraljevo. The aim of this study visit was networking with local communities working on disaster risk prevention, and preparedness to respond on aftermath of disaster. Caritas in Bosnia and Herzegovina hosted by Marica Mijajlović mayor of city Kraljevo, Zdravko Maksimović responsible for all civil defence performance in local community, Radoica Kočović, chief of department for emergency situation, Aleksandar Protić, deputy of president of Assembly, Jelena Bekčić Luković deputy of chief of city administration ad Vladimir Lazarević member of city Council. During the meeting Dijana Muzička humanitarian officer in Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina gave an introduction of Caritas work in field of preparedness and resilience in communities and recent work after floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This was an opportunity to tell all participants about the idea for this study visit, which raised after regional workshop in Sarajevo last year, organized by Caritas within regional project Disaster risk reduction implemented with partners from Caritas Serbia.
During the visit Caritas delegation participated on regular training for civil defence on Rudno Mountain, in Training centre. During these three days together with civil defence members Caritas exchanged experience and good practices from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. This exchange gave opportunity for both sides to learn something new and applicable to own environment. The themes which have been discussed were maps of threats and maps of risks, and gave good examples how these maps can be used in practice. Through theory and practice participants learnt more about use of fire distinguishers, and first aid for person in distress. Civil defence members showed as information to Caritas participant’s protection from dangerous gas and non-exploding devices.
The visit hosting civil defence members used to show Caritas two Monasteries in Gradac and Studenica. During the visit in Gradac all participants felt the curative nature of water from natural source.
Representatives from Kraljevo mentioned the support from Bosnia and Herzegovina after an earthquake in the city. This support the city never asked, but that is why this support is so much appreciated.
This visit in Kraljevo is follow up of cooperation between City of Kraljevo and Caritas in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Both sides expressed their will to continue in cooperation but also to keep nice friendships raised from this visit.