Santo Domingo.- The National Emergency Commission (CNE) and the Civil Defense held this Thursday the symposium “Cyclone Season and Early Warning Systems 2022”, where national and international experts analyzed the current cyclone season and highlighted the importance of warning systems. early warning, as a tool to deal with hydrometeorological events.
Leading the opening ceremony, the president of the CNE and executive director of Civil Defense, Juan Salas, explained that this initiative responds to the vision of continuing to coordinate multisectoral efforts to build strong and resilient communities in the face of emergencies and/or disasters. .
“The CNE is in charge of governing the country’s risk management policy, while the Civil Defense is a responding entity in the territory and guarantor of articulating the Municipal Prevention, Mitigation and Response Committees (C-PMR), together with to governors and mayors. For this reason, we are called to act in advance, in the face of a season that is forecast to be very active, due to the La Niña phenomenon and the effects of climate change,” Salas said.
The event was supported by the Coordination Center for Disaster Prevention in Central America and the Dominican Republic (CEPREDENAC), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, and the World Food Program. In addition, the Seibo Resilient project, promoted by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).
The Symposium featured the intervention of the communicator and meteorologist analyst, Jean Suriel, who addressed the topic “Climate trends for the 2022 hurricane season”, from his experience in the media.
The meteorological expert Bolivar Ledesma spoke about “Observations and computer models for climate prediction and behavior; Emissions of the ONAMET hydrometeorological bulletins.
Manuel Sosa, CEPREDENAC advisor, addressed “Regional mechanism, environment, meteorology and humanitarian aid”; the person in charge of the INDRHI Hydrological Unit, Ing. Israel Acosta, on “Observation models and preparation of hydrological bulletins for river flow forecasts”.
While the person in charge of the National Integrated Information System (SINI), Colonel Rubén Frontal, presented an analysis on the generation of information from the institutions that issue weather alerts.
Speakers from Cuba were José Rubiera, from the Department of Forecasts in Havana, and Miguel Ángel Puig, from PMA in Cuba, with the theme “Early Warning Systems for hydrometeorological events, operation and local and regional relevance.”
The space also served as the stage for a discussion on the experiences at the territorial level that Civil Defense and the Dominican Red Cross have had on the subject. Altagracia Capellán, Director of Relief and Risk Management of the Dominican Red Cross and Whascar García, Provincial Director of Civil Defense in Puerto Plata participated.
Recognition of former directors
The current president of the CNE and executive director of Civil Defense, recognized the holders who preceded him, since the creation of Law 147-07, on Risk Management, for their great contributions to the National System of Prevention, Mitigation and Response before Disasters.
The recognition plaques were delivered to Vice Admiral (R) Radhamés Lora Salcedo, who was in charge of the entities from 2002 to 2004; Major General (R) Luis Antonio Luna Paulino, management 2004-2014 and Major General Rafael De Luna Pichirilo, 2014-2016.
They previously participated in a panel where they presented their perspectives on the present and future of the National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Response to Disasters.
Present at the opening ceremony were the executive secretary of CEPREDENAC, Claudia Herrera; the Vice Minister of Preventive Security in Vulnerable Sectors of the Ministry of the Interior and Police; the person in charge of Academic and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Cuba, Rafael Marquez and the Alliances Officer of the World Food Program, Ángel Camacho.
Likewise, the deputy director of the National Meteorology Office (Onamet), Miguel Campusano; the disaster risk reduction advisor for the “Seibo Resilient” project, implemented by GIZ; the mayor of Miches, Luz María Mercedes; the director general of the Dominican Red Cross, Braulio Alcántara; among other key authorities of the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Response, NGOs, international cooperation agencies, among others.