The Crises & Disasters Management System set for the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) aims at safeguarding lives, properties, environment and revenues as well as roads & transportation systems against the negative effects of crises and accidents with the aim of minimizing the downtime and other consequential losses and disasters, according to Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of RTA Strategy & Corporate Governance Sector.
“The system empowers the RTA to cope with crises and disasters, condition itself to the different variables, and explore the impacts made on all fields through compliance with all corporate governance standards.
“RTA is managing crises over different leadership structural levels comprising strategic leadership, executive planning and operational readiness in terms of control and command, and in terms of response towards assessing the scale of the crisis, presence at site, appropriate response, leadership coordination and communication with various leadership lines. RTA is working on coordinating crises response line through several phases that include readiness, prevention, initial response, continuity and recovery,” added Younes.
He explained that RTA had to deal with three types of crises in terms of degree of response from the concerned parties; namely: First Type Crises: Covers accidents which include or go beyond the scope of the community as a whole, and exceed the capabilities of the RTA in handling crises of such a scale. Initial response is made by the police, civil defence and ambulance, while the transitional response is made by the police, civil defence, ambulance and the RTA, as needed, while the recovery of the initial position is the responsibility of the competent government body. This type of crises is listed under the third type of crises with impact extending to the national level.
The second type of crises covers crises & major accidents that impact the public and required a great deal of coordination with the external judicial concerned authorities. Examples of these include highway accidents where the initial response is made by the police, civil defence and ambulance, and transitional response is made by the police, civil defence, ambulance and the RTA while the recovery of the initial position is the responsibility of the RTA only. This type of crises is listed under the second type of crises with impact extending to the community level.
The third type of crises includes internal accidents which can be handled by using the existing resources or through seeking limited assistance. Initial & transitional response as well as the recovery of the initial position is the responsibility of the RTA.