PANAMÁ, September 11, 2014
The National System of Civil Protection of Panamá (Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil – SINAPROC) held a working meeting with the aim of unifying criteria for the management of an emergency, reducing response time and optimizing resources.
Attending this meeting were VOST Panamá, who are a team of digital volunteers for national emergencies. They manage information through social networks, such as public support, where verified information is then channeled through to the emergency response services.
The Director General of SINAPROC, Jose Donderis, spoke about the creation of a new platform for emergency management whose participants would be Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations, the Panamanian Red Cross, volunteers, as well as other organizations. Donderis added that social networking would be integrated in this National Monitoring Center for communications between the public and response agencies, thus reducing the time between the incident and the response to it. The center would be operational 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Furthermore, the VOST Panamá group was asked to participate, given the volume of information it handles nationally, seeking synergy between SINAPROC managers and team members in order to:
- unify criteria
- hear proposals for more effective information channels
- avoid duplication
- eliminate malicious rumors or chains
Other points discussed were the possibility of joint workshops and seminars, interaction between other Community Managers (CM) with emergency management programs, available premises to be used as needed and a database to manage the IDs of participating teams.
English Translation by Nicola Ball
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