Civil Defense ready for rainy weather

Updated 08 November 2015
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Civil Defense ready for rainy weather

RIYADH: Civil Defense in Riyadh has drawn up a strategic plan to meet all eventualities in the event of flooding and rains in the region.
According to the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME), thunderstorms accompanied by rain and sandstorm are predicted in areas such as Hail, Qassim, Rafha and Hafr Al-Batin and northern and western areas of Riyadh.
Asir and Jazan, Al-Baha, Makkah and eastern parts of the Madinah Province may experience similar climatic conditions which reach the heights of Asir and Jazan and extend it to Makkah.
Director of Civil Defense in Riyadh Maj. Gen. Ahmed bin Ayesh Ettalhi said that there will be 180 teams comprising 720 officers to attend to the emergency needs of those in distress due to inclement weather. The teams will be equipped with 330 machines to pump water out of flooded areas.
He said the plans are being implemented in coordination with the Riyadh municipality headed by Mayor Ibrahim bin Mohamed Al-Sultan.
He also said authorities will follow the SCADA electronic system to monitor rising water levels in reservoirs.
People have been requested to call toll free number 940 in any emergency during the rains.
The director general of operations and maintenance at Riyadh Civil Defense, Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Sharif, who made the presentation to senior officials of the team, said his organization is confident of handling any emergency situation during the anticipated bad weather.
Assistant Director of Civil Defense in Baha Maj. Gen. Abdulrahman Al-Ghamdi on Monday checked the readiness of the Civil Defense department in the Baha region during a meeting with his team of officials.
Maj. Gen. Al-Ghamdi stressed the importance of modernization, urging Civil Defense staff of to do their best to provide citizens and residents safety.
The Civil Defense Directorate of the Northern Border Province urged the public to take precautionary measures against the bad weather and follow its safety guidelines and instructions.


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018
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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.