This is the first event of this magnitude that Panama will host, with the aim of strengthening the national and regional capacities of the entities of the Joint Task Force, Civil Protection, Health and rescue agencies.
The Director General of the National Police, John Dornheim, participated in the press conference in which details were provided about the Third Regional Simulation of Disaster Response and Humanitarian Assistance, to be held from June 13 to 16, 2023 with the participation of more than 12 countries .
This exercise makes it possible to measure response and rescue capabilities, strengthen mechanisms, tools, and the application of technologies in these types of situations, said Minister of Government Roger Tejada, thanking those present for their logistical and technical support.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Security, Juan M. Pino indicated that the Public Force will have as its main mission to plan, coordinate and support the National Civil Protection System with all available resources.
“There will be the participation of more than 500 men and women from the security forces, in this exercise that will help prepare us for any eventuality in the future,” said Minister Pino.
Deputy Commissioner Jaime Toledo, Head of the Technical Board of the ElPIS Task Force, explained that capacities and resources are coming together to provide correct security in the places where the different scenarios will take place, including the Panama Convention Center, Amador, Balboa Río Chiriquí Viejo, Río Mamoní in Panama East, Cathy building on Calle 50, 868 building in Albrook and other points.
According to Deputy Commissioner Toledo, the security forces will supervise the eviction of more than 30,800 students from more than 67 educational centers.
For his part, the National Director of the Civil Protection System, Carlos Rumbo, said that the events are propitious for the training of security and rescue members; Panama has participated in the two previous ones with rescuers who even offered their support in Turkey.
Jazmín Delgado, head of Planning and Coordination of said event, indicated that among the objectives is to measure the rapid response of the estates, the socio-economic impact of natural disasters, establish evacuation routes and warn the population about the misinformation that is generated in social networks before such events.
There will be the participation of more than 600 rescuers from Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Salvador, who will contribute their experience, and with the technical, scientific and technological assistance of the invited countries Argentina, Israel, Japan, Canada , United States and Mexico.
Measure the socio-economic impact of natural disasters, establish evacuation routes and warn the population about the misinformation that is generated on social networks in the face of such events.
For this important event, participants will face hypothetical scenarios of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, collapsed structures, structural fires, gas leak, hydrocarbon spill, biohazard threat, 10 degree tropical wave, and cyber attack.
In turn, train the population on what to do in the face of these types of disasters and emergencies.
Part of the simulated scenarios were shown at the conference and some equipment was delivered.