Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center

COVID-19 USAR Operational Guidance for INSARAG

Purpose This document is meant to provide guidance regarding USAR operations in the COVID- 19 environment. USAR is a tool utilized for a quick response to conduct life-saving actions during collapsed structure events typically seen in the urban setting. This environment is facing a new challenge with the introduction of the novel coronavirus, and therefore USAR Teams may need to consider changing standard operational procedures during this global pandemic. The INSARAG Secretariat has established priorities for the COVID 19 outbreak. These include:

• Safety of the workforce

• Preservation of ability to carry out designated missions