Paraguayan Army Helps Population Affected by Floods

first_img Rebuilding homes in the Department of San Pedro The facilities were part of a disaster preparedness program that aims to help countries in the region build their disaster relief capabilities and includes the infrastructure, equipment and training needed to ensure the centers are fully operational once completed. Rebuilding homes in the Department of San Pedro Military engineers with the Paraguayan Army are using shovels, hoes and tractors to help rebuild the the civilian population’s homes and reopen streets damaged by torrential rains and flooding in the Departments of San Pedro, Concepción and Canindeyú. Repairing other homes and providing health care, medicine, and food to flooding victims will require an investment of $37.5 million. “The CECOPAZ Soldiers will use all of the training and experience that they gained in Haiti to rebuild various villages in the north of the country,” said Soto. “For the Armed Forces this is a big step towards integrating with civil society. We’re always ready to serve when needed.” Seventy officials with the Army’s Engineering Command have been deployed since January 19, during the operation’s initial phase, in the district of Santa Rosa de Aguaray, in the Department of San Pedro. They are building 100 homes, which will directly benefit approximately 500 people. “These are economical housing units that consist of a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a laundry room in the back of the house, totaling 34 square meters. The construction materials are bricks and the doors and windows are made of metal. The roof is made of Spanish tiles,” said General Milciades Rojas, Commander of the Engineering Command of the Paraguayan Armed Forces. On January 13, the Paraguyan government declared a 90-day state of emergency in regions heavily damaged by flooding. As a result, some roads became impassable while many homes were damaged or destroyed. Repairing other homes and providing health care, medicine, and food to flooding victims will require an investment of $37.5 million. The facilities were part of a disaster preparedness program that aims to help countries in the region build their disaster relief capabilities and includes the infrastructure, equipment and training needed to ensure the centers are fully operational once completed. Women to power The work of our Latin American armed forces is so interesting and productive. I am honored and worthy of knowing that their work is very positive. The military forces contribute with their training given that they were trained to serve the nation. “The CECOPAZ Soldiers will use all of the training and experience that they gained in Haiti to rebuild various villages in the north of the country,” said Soto. “For the Armed Forces this is a big step towards integrating with civil society. We’re always ready to serve when needed.” Seventy officials with the Army’s Engineering Command have been deployed since January 19, during the operation’s initial phase, in the district of Santa Rosa de Aguaray, in the Department of San Pedro. They are building 100 homes, which will directly benefit approximately 500 people. The second stage of the mission, according to Soto, will take place in the regions of Concepción and Canindeyú, where 82 officials from the Joint Training Center for Peacekeeping Operations (CECOPAZ) will work. The group returned from Haiti on January 19, after having served for a year helping to rebuild the Caribbean country, which was devastated by an earthquake in January 2010. Cooperation aids in emergency missions “Having the opportunity to help people in need within the framework of an assistance program strengthens our ties with the population and gives us the opportunity to carry out a non-traditional mission when compared to our normal role of providing defense,” said Paraguayan Minister of Defense, retired General Bernardino Soto Estigarribia, when he announced the Army initiative to help the civilian population. The task is the first in a series to build 5,000 homes in the three departments, at a cost of $50 million. An average of five people will benefit from each home. “Having the opportunity to help people in need within the framework of an assistance program strengthens our ties with the population and gives us the opportunity to carry out a non-traditional mission when compared to our normal role of providing defense,” said Paraguayan Minister of Defense, retired General Bernardino Soto Estigarribia, when he announced the Army initiative to help the civilian population. By Dialogo March 09, 2015 On January 13, the Paraguyan government declared a 90-day state of emergency in regions heavily damaged by flooding. As a result, some roads became impassable while many homes were damaged or destroyed. The task is the first in a series to build 5,000 homes in the three departments, at a cost of $50 million. An average of five people will benefit from each home. In 2014, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) civil-military assistance funds made it possible to open Paraguay’s first regional Emergency Operations Center and Disaster Relief Warehouse to serve the departments of San Pedro, Concepción, Amambay, and Canindeyú, in the country’s east-central region, according to SOUTHCOM data. “We’re carrying out this task with enthusiasm and following orders as soldiers do.” “We’re carrying out this task with enthusiasm and following orders as soldiers do.” “These are economical housing units that consist of a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a laundry room in the back of the house, totaling 34 square meters. The construction materials are bricks and the doors and windows are made of metal. The roof is made of Spanish tiles,” said General Milciades Rojas, Commander of the Engineering Command of the Paraguayan Armed Forces. In 2014, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) civil-military assistance funds made it possible to open Paraguay’s first regional Emergency Operations Center and Disaster Relief Warehouse to serve the departments of San Pedro, Concepción, Amambay, and Canindeyú, in the country’s east-central region, according to SOUTHCOM data. Military engineers with the Paraguayan Army are using shovels, hoes and tractors to help rebuild the the civilian population’s homes and reopen streets damaged by torrential rains and flooding in the Departments of San Pedro, Concepción and Canindeyú. The second stage of the mission, according to Soto, will take place in the regions of Concepción and Canindeyú, where 82 officials from the Joint Training Center for Peacekeeping Operations (CECOPAZ) will work. The group returned from Haiti on January 19, after having served for a year helping to rebuild the Caribbean country, which was devastated by an earthquake in January 2010. 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Leading in crisis – lessons learned in the aftermath of the 1995 OKC bombing

first_imgOklahoma City National Memorial 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amy Downs In addition to being the CEO of Allegiance Credit Union, Amy also speaks on the importance of resisting complacency.  Amy survived the 1995 OKC bombing and later transformed her life … Details In a single moment everything changed at my credit union. At 9:01 a.m. on April 19, 1995 we existed to serve the federal employees in the Alfred P. Murrah building. At 9:03 a.m. the building was gone and 18 of our 33 employees had been killed with 5 others seriously injured. We learned firsthand about crisis management.With the uncertainly we all face right now, I want to share a few things we learned during our time of unbelievable crisis:Communicate daily with all your employees not just your top team. Over communicate. Let them know what you know and what you don’t know. Be transparent.   Look for emerging leaders. Natural leaders emerge during times of crisis. Watch who steps up. Notice who has expert power and others are looking to for answers. These may be your future leaders. Take care of your employees. Do everything possible to prevent employees from lost income. Be as flexible as you can with schedules. Encourage use of your Employee Assistance Program. Be compassionate with your team and create a safe space for employees to share their concerns.   Meet daily with your top team and listen to their input. Things are changing rapidly so your team needs to review the situation, make decisions, and plan strategy at least daily.   Look for opportunities. There are always unique opportunities arising from difficult times. Some credit unions are learning how to work from home, how to use technology to serve members in new ways, or how to improve their disaster preparedness plans. After the bombing, we had the opportunity to change our organizational structure, field of membership, name, location, etc.  Whether in business or your own personal life, we cannot always control what happens but we can always choose how we will respond. We’ve got this.last_img read more