Experiencing major disasters during various periods of history, Turkey's topographic and geological structure and climatic conditions places our country in a risky position in terms of disasters. Especially the disasters we have experienced in our recent history and remembered by today's generations clearly reveal the dimensions of the threat we face and the harm these disasters can cause.
This situation makes it necessary to address the issue of disaster in all its parts in our country and to make preparations that will minimize the possible loss of life and property without meeting with a disaster instead of adopting a proactive approach and carrying out improvement works that require large expenditures after disaster.
In this context, as Istanbul Aydın University Disaster Training Application and Training Center (AFAM), we should perform studies
- to ensure that the entire community can be prepared against disasters before meeting with one,
- to follow international studies and share the experiences from our country with other nations experiencing similar risks,
- to practice exemplary applications with accumulation of knowledge at a level that can play an active role at national and international level,
- to develop exemplary scientific research and projects.
We firmly believe that the studies we have undertaken and planned under the roof of AFAM will provide important contributions in preparation for the disasters that cause great suffering and severe damages which deeply affects both our economy and our social life.
Prof. Dr. Mehmet Fatih Altan
Istanbul Aydın University
Director of Disaster Training Application and Research Center