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Regional Earthquake Response Simulation Exercise kicks off in Havana

Regional Earthquake Response Simulation Exercise kicks off in HavanaHAVANA, Cuba, Sep 16 (ACN) Nearly 300 national and foreign specialists are attending a regional exercise to simulate the response to earthquakes in Havana this Monday, according to specialists from the National Civil Defence Staff.

The first exposition of the meeting will be on the experiences of 57 years of the Civil Defense, whose system is integrated by forces and resources of society and the State, with the function of protecting people and goods, social and economic infrastructure, and natural resources, against the danger of natural, technological and health disasters and the consequences of climate change.

In the Meliá Habana Hotel, details will also be offered on the organization of the confrontation with earthquakes of moderate and greater magnitude in Cuba, according to the program, to which the Cuban News Agency had access.

Something similar will be done with the International Search Operations Advisory Group (INSARAG) and Urban Rescue and Rescue (USAR) Guides and recommended by the UN for the coordination of their technical assistance for deployment to countries affected by devastating events, mainly earthquakes.

Cuba has been a member of the INSARAG platform since 2012 and participated in its exercises in 2014 in Costa Rica, in 2015 in Chile and in 2016 in Colombia with personnel from its Fire Brigade and the Cuban Red Cross Society, as well as doctors and paramedics from the Henry Reeve Contingent, specialized in situations of disasters and serious epidemics.

The lessons learned from the earthquakes in Chile, Ecuador and Mexico from the perspective of USAR also appear on the first day of the event, which will run until next Friday and includes sessions at the Russian-Cuban Regional Rescue and Fire Training Center.

The latter, since its founding in 2014, welcomed hundreds of Cuban officials, and rescuers and firefighters from 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, who completed their professional training within five years.

The Regional Exercise on Earthquake Response Simulation (SIMEX 2019) aims to strengthen national capacities in the face of the threat of earthquakes and is organized by the National Civil Defence Staff in coordination with UN and other institutions.

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