On May 17, 2018, ESSAND signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and a project agreement with Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University. The main objective is to collaborate in establishing a non-profit organization for disaster risk reduction in Phuket, Phuket Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF). The organization is a collaboration between multiple organizations in Phuket.
- Prince of Songkla University, Phuket campus
- Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University
- Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Regional Center 18
- Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Phuket
- Le Meridian Hotel
Multiple projects have already been started. The next milestone is the digital inventory project, which aims to install GPS and RFID tags on emergency response assets in Phuket to increase disaster response capacity. The following organizations have agreed to participate in the project’s pilot:
- Kusoldharm foundation
- Vachira Phuket hospital
Interested organizations or further inquiry should consult PDRF’s website.