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  • Central America: disaster prep exercises

    Source: http://www.tiempo.hn/index.php/secci...ntar-desastres

    Google translation:

    Conducted a drill to cope with disasters
    Monday, April 20, 2009 02:24
    TEGUCIGALPA. The Permanent Commission of Contingencies (COPECO) coordinate the implementation of a mock emergency, which will be attended by United States, Central America and Dominican Republic.

    The event is called the National Drill Humanitarian Armed Forces (FA-HUM) 2009 and will run from 17 to April 24 in Francisco Morazán, Comayagua, and even in Costa Rica.

    The exercise, coordinated by Copec will be supported by the Center for Disaster Prevention in Central America (CEPREDENAC) and the Armed Forces Southern Command of the United States.

    This was announced at Government House by the organizing entity authorities, who also had some demonstrations of what it means to a mock disaster.

    The event will take place in three stages, the first of which involved representatives from Costa Rica and Panama policy in the province of Puntarenas, where the activation of mechanisms for communication with a regional flood event.

    Simultaneously, Honduras will be simulated in the emergence of a pandemic caused by avian influenza, which ends with the transition from a regional to a national response.

    Then, in Honduras, the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic will participate in phase 2 in which the main event will be followed by a flood, an earthquake in Comayagua, which would make an international appeal because of the impact of these phenomena.

    Phase three will involve the assessment of this exercise, the recommendations of the participants to improve and optimize the training efforts to respond to such contingencies, which will take place on the island of St. Kitts, St. Kitts, in the Caribbean Sea.

    OSCAR HERNANDEZ
    Photo: TIME / Jesús Rodríguez
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