Latin American partners engage in regional disaster response exercises

  • Storms - Singapore

    21 minutes ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brunei

    25 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    49 minutes ago WARNING

  • Potential Tropical Cyclone - Three

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - W of Kahemba, Bandundu - Congo (Kinshasa)

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Tshikapa, Kasa-Occidental - Congo (Kinshasa)

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NE of Lucapa, Lunda Norte - Angola

    14 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfires - British Columbia (East of Skuppah Fire), Canada

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Utah County (Bennion Creek Fire), Utah, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Carbon County (Crooked Creek Fire), Montana, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NW of Powell (Robertson Draw Fire), Wyoming - United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - E of Helena (Deep Creek Fire), Montana - United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Graham County (Pinnacle Fire), Arizona, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - E of Prescott (Cornville Fire), Arizona - United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Moab (Pack Creek Fire), Utah - United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Pinal and Gila Counties (Telegraph Fire), Arizona, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    2 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - U.S. Virgin Islands

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Midwestern United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Cameroon

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Oaxaca, Mexico

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Denmark

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Latvia

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Western Poland

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northwestern Portugal

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Tasmania, Australia

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Goias, Brazil

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Port-Vendres Commune, France

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    10 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 178 km SE of Hihifo, Tonga

    12 hours ago WATCH

  • Flood - Demopolis, AL Region, United States

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mandeville--Covington, LA Region, United States

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Nepal

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bhutan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bekasi City, West Java, Indonesia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Indragiri Hulu Regency, Riau, Indonesia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Sijunjung Regency, West Sumatra, Indonesia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Lewotolo, Indonesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 72 km ESE of Amahai, Indonesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Somalia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northeastern Ethiopia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northern Kenya

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Central Asia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - La Rioja, Spain

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Guyana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southwestern Guyana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Colombia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Western France

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Eastern France

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northwestern Spain

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Central Asia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Uruguay

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Southern Bolivia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - northern Qinghai, China

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Thailand

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme heat - Hong Kong

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Japan

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nyiragongo, DR Congo

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Bagana, Papua New Guinea

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Ebola - Guinea

    4 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    10 months ago WARNING

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July 10, 2014

Risk and vulnerability to natural hazards vary for every country, yet taking appropriate preparedness measures can help to reduce impacts and allow affected communities to more effectively recover. In support of global preparedness efforts, Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) routinely provides support to disaster management exercises in order to help partners identify gaps in plans and processes. PDC provides support to all phases of exercises, from planning through execution, including the use of the Center’s DisasterAWARE platform.

Everyday, DisasterAWARE provides early warning and decision support for disaster managers around the world. Using DisasterAWARE during an exercise provides an opportunity for training and the use of the platform in a controlled, simulated-disaster environment. Just like in a real world disaster event, DisasterAWARE is often used in an exercise to visualize hazard conditions and to identify exposed populations and infrastructure, as well as to facilitate communications. DisasterAWARE allows organizationally and geographically dispersed participants to access the same information resources in real time. Utilizing these capacities, PDC recently participated in two distinct disaster-preparedness events in Latin America and the Caribbean that shared the common goal of making disaster response more effective and efficient.

Sponsored by U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH), U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and the host nation of El Salvador, PDC participated in the planning and execution of Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias 2014 (FA-HUM 14) in May in San Salvador, El Salvador. Central American nations assembled, along with North and South American partners, to strengthen regional collaboration by integrating various military, governmental, and nongovernmental stakeholders to simulate response to a major earthquake disaster. National disaster response plans and experiences from past natural disasters were shared, and there were several Field Training Exercises (FTX) to assess and refine plans, processes, and modes of cooperation among agencies.

USSOUTHCOM also sponsored the second exercise, Tradewinds 2014, which was conducted to enhance regional relationships and to support the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) by building partner nation capacity. It involved three phases, including a Land Command Post Exercise (CPX) and FTX in Antigua and Barbuda, June 1 to 10; a Land and Maritime FTX in the Dominican Republic, June 16 to 25; and a Key Leader Seminar (KLS) in Miami, July 15 to 17.

PDC Disaster Management Specialist and Exercise Lead Todd Bosse participated in both events and remarked that, “The two exercises had to consider very different geographical, social, cultural, and political issues, yet still shared similar challenges and opportunities. PDC played different roles in the two events. We supported complex scenario development and exercise design, training, and oversight for the operational use of DisasterAWARE for FA-HUM 14. Then, Tradewinds involved a demonstration and ongoing discussions of the ways new technologies can enhance the effectiveness of disaster response.” PDC’s Nick Behnken also participated in the events, allowing PDC to support both planners and participants of each exercise.

Both events utilized the new Exercise-specific version of the DisasterAWARE/Emergency Operations (EMOPS) application, which enabled participants to fully utilize features and data without impacting real-world systems. This provided more freedom in the simulated environment. In fact, administrative “write” access was granted for foreign governments, military, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) partners, allowing them to directly input response information, such as images, situation reports, damage or needs assessments for communities, populations, and infrastructure. This crucial information was instantly available to all other exercise participants (responders) ensuring an efficient and coordinated response.

According to Bosse, “Overall, both of these events have improved the ability of civil agencies in disaster management to assume the lead role, while accepting coordinated support from other national, military, and international partners. As a result, now there are better prepared local, national, and regional officials who are more equipped to make necessary decisions when lives are on the line.”

For additional information on FA-HUM Exercise 2014:
• Visit El Salvador’s 
Protección Civil website,
• Read the U.S. Department of State article,
• Lookat the U.S. Army South Facebook page, and

• View event images from DVIDS,

For more information on Exercise Tradewinds:
• Read an article by Maritime Security Review, and
• Look at the USSOUTHCOM event overview.

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