We each owe the UAE a great deal and I call on all our young people to make their own commitment. Our country deserves the best that we can give it. Giving back to society is something that brings out the best in every one of us.
– His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
“SANID” (Arabic for ‘Support’) is the National Emergency Response Volunteer Program of the UAE. Launched in 2009, SANID draws on the strengths of proven international models, particularly the Swedish Civil Defense League and the US Citizen Corps. It unites volunteers throughout the UAE who share a sense of social and civic responsibility and prepares them to cope with national and international emergencies, thus demonstrating the country’s readiness to manage any crisis situation.
Sanid contributes to the community’s resilience towards disasters, crises and emergencies by building a cadre of emergency response volunteers through:
- Training citizens on basic safety and emergency preparedness
- Deploying certified emergency response volunteers where needed
- Conducting safety awareness campaigns
- Responding to large-scale international crises and disasters
- Supporting existing emergency response organizations
Sanid is delivered through different levels of training:
- Delivered in Arabic and English (Sanid can also deliver Urdu verbally only).
- Focus on practical exercises, simulations, in addition to advanced trainings responding to complex emergency situations.
- Include emergency preparedness, leadership skills, medical operations, safety in fire suppression, disaster psychology, search and rescue operations, sorting and classification, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), advanced first aid, event management, advanced leadership and team building.
Since its inception in 2009, Sanid trained a total of 14,289 volunteers, of which 6,996 have completed the Basic Disaster / Emergency Response Course, and 1200 are ready to respond on yearly basis.