Posted 6 February, 2015 by-Ministry of Culture and Sports in News

Mock evaluates emergency response

At 13 hours on Wednesday 4 February, staff of the Ministry of Culture and Sports adhered to mock earthquake, convened by the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED). The activity involves a quake 7.1 degrees on the Richter scale and scenarios were designated in such case an event of this importance will impact the country.

The Ministry of Culture and Sports coordinated exercise in the National Palace. The activity began with the evacuation of the enclosure. Then, Ministry staff simulated a building assessment, which should be declared uninhabitable because of the alleged damages submitted.

In case of emergency, inside the Palace worked a temporary office, which was headed by the Minister of Culture and Sports, Dwight Pezzarossi, and the brigade appointed. In exercising the Backpack implemented 72 hours, which contains implements an emergency necessities such as simulated on this day.

The activity was attended by the Vice President Roxana Baldetti, who coordinated state institutions involved, who developed institutional response plans, and activation of the Emergency Operations Center.

For more than 3 months, the Ministry of Culture and Sports has performed simulations of this nature to optimize response time, training and socialization activities to be performed upon the occurrence of an earthquake.

The drill was held on 4 February, date that marks 39 Earthquake years 1976 which left an estimated figure of 25 thousand people dead, 75 thousand injuries and extensive damage to infrastructure. The quake occurred at 3 in the morning I had a magnitude of 7.5 degrees on the Richter scale lasting 33 seconds.

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