International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG)

INSARAG is a global network of more than 80 countries and organisations under the United Nations umbrella. INSARAG deals with urban search and rescue (USAR) related issues, aiming to establish minimum international standards for USAR teams and methodology for international coordination in earthquake response based on the INSARAG Guidelines endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 57/150 of 2002, on “Strengthening the Effectiveness and Coordination of International Urban Search and Rescue Assistance”



A word from our INSARAG Global Chairman

Since its establishment in 1991, INSARAG has made significant progress and developed a world-wide accepted methodology for the coordination of international USAR teams to the collapsed structure emergencies and minimum standards for the USAR assistance.


The INSARAG website is great step forward in making the work of INSARAG more accessible to the public and to USAR teams worldwide. Therefore, I strongly encourage both disaster prone and assisting countries to study the material on this webpage closely and actively take part at the INSARAG activities and adopt the INSARAG Guidelines and Methodology at the domestic level.


Ambassador Manuel Bessler

INSARAG Chairman


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