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 Tuesday, 31 August 2010
On the occasion of the National Earthquake Simulation, the Minister of Transportation and Communications from Peru, Enrique Cornejo Ramírez, called to the public to use the telecommunications responsibly to any disaster or emergency situations. In that sense, beside the main officer from Telefonica del Peru, the minister presented the spot "1, 2, 3 ... communication in disaster situations" which aims to raise awareness on the proper use of telecommunications services in emergencies.

The minister explained that according the international and national experience, in cases of earthquakes or natural disasters, communication networks are congested, because in a situation of this nature, all people want to communicate with their family and that creates congestion. Therefore, it is important to be properly prepared to facilitate communications in an emergency situation, using SMS (Short Messages Service) or Internet.

It is very important to consider the following recommendations:
1. Avoid calling, and do not insist in case the call is not completed because this makes the network even more congested. In case the call is got, everybody should be sure that the call will not take more than a minute. In an emergency situation, as it was described, communication is a scarce resource and should be used responsibly.

2. Use text messages. It is a very efficient communication channel, as it uses minimal resources, it has a better chance to reach their destination in a congested environment.

3. Use the Internet to send emails and communicate via chat, Facebook, Tiwter, etc. Like the text, this channel consumes minimal bandwidth compared to voice communication.

Source: MTC and AHCIET
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