Strengthening our ability to confront disasters

Preparation for and the undertaking of activities to respond to the extreme situations of natural disasters will be the central theme of the Meteoro 2010 exercise which this year takes place in two stages over a total of five days.

According to information provided to the press by the National Civil Defense Chief of Staff, the first of these stages will take place from May 21 through 23, and will be fundamentally directed at strengthening the country’s capacity to respond to the occurrence of intense earthquakes, seaquakes and other extreme situations involving natural disasters.

The second stage will take place from June 25 through 26 and, on this occasion, the principal objectives will focused on activities responding to intense earthquakes and seaquakes.

Cuba has carried out the Meteoro exercise every year since 1986. The exercises are designed to improve the actions of the defense councils at all levels, as well as leadership and command bodies and the population in general, when confronting these destructive phenomena.

Translated by Granma International

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