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Regional organizations launch Redhum, the new humanitarian website for Latin America and the Caribbean [Last verified: Nov 9 07/ Panama City]--OCHA announced the launch of a Regional Humanitarian Network for humanitarian actors and organizations. It will facilitate easy access to the voluminous natural disaster and complex emergencies information in the Latin America and the Caribbean region through a Website in Spanish, www.redhum.org.
Business and Industry Council for Emergency Planning and Preparedness (BICEPP) [Last verified: Sep 29 07/ Los Angeles CA USA]--For many years, emergency preparedness and contingency planning were thought of as a luxury. Corporations were reluctant to allocate the necessary time, staff or funds to prepare for the possibility of emergencies such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, or floods. Many chief executives mistakenly believed that the sheer size of a corporation would ensure survival. It has become increasingly clear that government's primary responsibility is to restore basic public services before rendering assistance to the private sector. Direct aid to individual businesses was not on the priority list. As a result, it was recommended that the private sector be self sufficient for a minimum of three days. In 1983, the mayor of Los Angeles and a group of business leaders met to discuss disaster preparedness. This group subsequently became a steering committee and formed the Business and Industry Council for Emergency Planning and Preparedness (BICEPP). www.bicepp.org/index.asp
British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program [Last verified: Sep 29 07/ Victoria BC Canada]--The Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) is a branch of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, of the Government of British Columbia. The Acting Executive Director of PEP is Cam Filmer. PEP has its headquarters in Victoria and incorporates six regional offices in Surrey, Kamloops, Nelson, Terrace, Prince George and Victoria. http://www.pep.bc.ca/index.html
Canadian Disaster Database [Last verified: Sep 29 07/ Ottawa ON Canada]--The Canadian Disaster Database contains detailed disaster information on over 700 natural, technological and conflict events (excluding war) that have directly affected Canadians over the past century. The database helps citizens and government to better assess and manage risks. As well, it’s a valuable resource for researchers and students to see how disasters and our vulnerability to them have changed over time. http://www.psepc-sppcc.gc.ca/res/em/cdd/index-en.asp
City of Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Department [Last verified: Sep 29 07/ Los Angeles CA USA]--The Emergency Preparedness Department will provide citywide emergency management program leadership, continuity, and direction to enable the City of Los Angeles and its partners to respond to, recover from, and mitigate the impact of natural, manmade, or technological disasters upon its people or property. http://www.lacity.org/epd/
Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias (C.N.E.) [Last verified: Sep 29 07/ San Jose Costa Rica]--La Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias (C.N.E.), se esfuerza día con día, para coordinar los esfuerzos, tanto de las comunidades como de las Instituciones de primera respuesta y de Gobierno, para prevenir situaciones de riesgo para la población costarricense, así como las atenciones de primer impacto causadas por algun tipo de desastre, ya sea natural o antropogénico. www.cne.go.cr/
Coordinating Centre for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America [Last verified: Sep 29 07/ Antigua Base de Howard Panama]--CEPREDENAC was established in 1988 as a coordination center for strengthening the capacity of the region as a whole to reduce the vulnerability of the population to the effects of natural disasters. In May 1995, CEPREDENAC became an official organization set up to foster the Central American Integration System (SICA) with the Governments of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama as members. www.cepredenac.org/
Emergency Management Alberta [Last verified: Sep 29 07/ Edmonton AB Canada]--An emergency or disaster can occur anytime, anywhere. A tornado can touch down. Heavy rains can cause flash flooding or an accident could result in a major release of dangerous goods. Emergency Management Alberta makes sure that Alberta's communities are prepared to respond to these and other disasters or emergencies. http://www.municipalaffairs.gov.ab.ca/ema_index.htm
Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization [Last verified: Sep 29 07/ Winnipeg MB Canada]--EMO is responsible for the overall provincial emergency program, ensuring safety for citizens, their property and the environment. EMO's activities include planning and research, training, response operations and the administration and delivery of disaster financial assistance programs. http://www.gov.mb.ca/emo/index.html
Montreal Emergency Preparedness Centre [Last verified: Sep 29 07/ Montreal QC Canada]--The mission of the Emergency Preparedness Centre (EPC) (formely the Emergency Measures Office - EMO) is to prevent major disasters and ensure the municipality is well-prepared for major emergencies. It is also responsible for providing support to the overall coordination of responses during a major emergency and the recovery period following it, while still respecting the responsibilities allocated to the differents parties. http://services.ville.montreal.qc.ca/csc/an/accubmua.htm
National Center for Disaster Prevention [Coyoacán Mexico]--La responsabilidad principal del Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres (CENAPRED) consiste en apoyar al Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil (SINAPROC) en los requerimientos ténicos que su operación demanda. Realiza actividades de investigación, capacitación y difusión acerca de fenómenos naturales y antropogenicos que pueden originar situaciones de desastre, así como acciones para reducir y mitigar los efectos negativos de tales fenómenos, para coadyuvar a una mejor preparación de la población para enfrentarlos. www.cenapred.unam.mx/
National Search & Rescue Secretariat [Ottawa ON Canada]--The National Search and Rescue Secretariat (NSS) is an independent agency of government, reporting to the Lead Minister for Search and Rescue (the Minister of National Defence).The NSS was established in 1986 to support and promote the activities of the National SAR Program (NSP) as a means to achieve highly effective and economically responsible search and rescue programs throughout Canada. The NSS coordinates central activities for the federal element of search and rescue... https://www.nss.gc.ca/site/index_e.asp
New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization [Fredericton NB Canada]--The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NB EMO) co-ordinates preparedness for emergencies. At the federal, provincial and municipal levels, planning is the key to emergency preparedness. A well established and tested emergency plan helps to ensure a prompt and co-ordinated response by responsible agencies in a time of crisis. NB EMO also co-ordinates provincial response operations during emergencies and administers disaster financial assistance programs. http://www.gnb.ca/cnb/emo-omu/index-e.asp
Newfoundland and Labrador Emergency Measures Organization [St John's NL Canada]--The Provincial Emergency Measures Program is responsible for the development and maintenance of effective provincial emergency preparedness, response and recovery measures with a view to mitigating the human suffering and loss of property caused by actual or imminent emergencies and disasters in Newfoundland and Labrador. http://www.mpa.gov.nl.ca/mpa/emo.html
Northwest Territories Emergency Measures Organization [Yellowknife NT Canada]--The EMO handles several duties related to emergency or disaster situations. EMO responsibilities include: Coordination of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ involvement in Emergency Operations; Assisting with community and regional emergency plans; Search and rescue coordination and implementation; Search and rescue plans and training exercises; Administration of the Disaster Assistance Program; Planning and emergency response; and Emergency preparedness training and exercises. http://www.maca.gov.nt.ca/safety/emergency_organization.html
Nova Scotia Emergency Management [Halifax NS Canada]--The Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office is the agency of the Nova Scotia Government that is responsible for providing a prompt and coordinated response to emergencies. http://www.gov.ns.ca/emo/AbsPage.aspx?siteid=1&lang=1&id=1
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada [Ottawa ON Canada]--Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada (PSEPC) is Canada’s lead department for public safety. We build and implement national policies for emergency management and national security. We help ensure community safety by delivering crime prevention programs and developing federal policies for law enforcement and corrections. www.ocipep-bpiepc.gc.ca/
Regional Disaster Information Center Latin America and the Caribbean [San Jose Costa Rica]--CRID is an initiative sponsored by six organizations that decided to join efforts to ensure the compilation and dissemination of disaster-related information in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its mission is to promote the development of a prevention culture in the Latin American and Caribbean countries, through the compilation and dissemination of disaster-related information, and the promotion of co-operative efforts to improve risk management in the region. www.crid.or.cr/crid/esp/index.html
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