New operations centre looks forward to the next 150 years of humanitarian action

Publié: 30 mai 2013 9:53 CET

To mark World Red Cross Red Crescent Day on 8 May, the Nicaraguan Red Cross open a new Emergency Operations Centre to improve its disaster response operations.

Clemente Balmaceda, said that the construction of the Emergency Operations Center was made possible by the First Responder Initiative Project with financial support from the Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). "The cost of this building amounts to a total of $90,000 US dollars, which also include the purchase of computers and audio-visual kit, which will enable the National Society to be better prepared and thus provide a more efficient response to any emergency or disaster."

In addition to resources, both staff and volunteer have received up-to-date training in different areas of risk management and resilience thanks to a collaboration with the Institutional Disaster Preparedness Reference Centre, which has strengthened the National Society.

The opening of the centre was attended by representatives of the National Council, volunteers, lifeguards, youth program and Red Cross staff, and a floral monument to Red Cross founder Henry Dunant was unveiled. Mr Balmaceda read out a joint statement from Tadateru Konoé, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and ICRC President Peter Maurer. The statement highlighted the work of the Movement the determination to assist vulnerable people regardless of their national origin, opinions or beliefs.

"This year marks 150 years of Humanitarian Action by the Red Cross Red Crescent. All this has enabled the Movement to become the largest humanitarian network in the world, with tens of millions of well-trained volunteers responding to crises and developing local capacity worldwide,” Balmaceda. “The Nicaraguan Red Cross, being part of this great movement, joins the celebration, reiterating the commitment of all our volunteers to continue this great legacy of service.”

In addition to the operations centre, Red Cross branches across Nicaragua had their own celebrations to mark World Red Cross Red Crescent Day.