Celebration of the World Civil Defence Day in Haiti

Celebration of the World Civil Defence Day in Haiti

By Lara Palmisano (@larapalmisano)

Like many others worldwide, the Haitian Civil Protection celebrated the World Civil Defence Day on March 1st. This day commemorates the entry into force of the International Civil Defence Organisation (#OICDO) Constitution as an intergovernmental organization in 1972 and has two main purposes: bringing to the attention of the public the vital importance of Civil Protection and raising awareness of the preparedness for, prevention and self-protection measures in the event of accidents or disasters.

The Haitian Direction of the Civil Protection (DPC) organized a series of activities to celebrate the World Civil Defence Day this year focused on new information technologies, notably: a national photo competition on Instagram called « Je me prépare » (tr. “I get ready”), management of social networks, and a conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

Since its creation, the DPC has been using many new technologies in its operations in Haiti. In fact, it uses several software prototypes created by Haitian university students for alert, preparedness, risk assessment and needs determination, as well as web, social networks and mobile telephony for public information and map servers , seismic micro-zoning and risk maps for risk analysis.

In the latter area, COOPI has been explicitly appointed by the Director of the DPC of Haiti, Marie Alta Jean -Baptiste, as an example of excellence for map servers. They were made ​​with the National Centre of Geo— Spatial Information (CNIGS) as a crisis management tool, based on resources and vulnerabilities.

These servers have been made for preparation and response to disasters (http://sirv.tabarre.ht) in three municipalities of the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, and for preparedness and response to food and nutrition insecurity (http://www.food-security-map.ht/) made ​​for two communes of the Central department.

These servers are available online for free, and are also used to organize simulations. These servers facilitate all crisis management players such as Civil Protection, Red Cross and Public Health System. They are tools to facilitate planning policies for a more resilient country. Basically, they relate the availability of resources and the population’s needs.

“We will involve more and more of all sectors of public administration and private businesses to integrate and promote the use of new information technologies in the protection of the population against the risks of disasters” explained M. Bonnet, Director General of the Haitian Ministry of Interior, in his message for the World Day of Civil Protection. He concluded, “Let us continue to multiply and integrate new technologies to create, collect and make available high-precision information and to all users in very reduced time and at reasonable cost.

By Lara Palmisano (@larapalmisano)

Celebration of the World Civil Defence Day in Haiti ultima modifica: 2016-07-01T15:40:01+00:00 da coopi