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 Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Digital Brigade's of the ICT Ministry will conduct a simulation of earthquake with the participation of the School of Engineering, Militar University of Nueva Granada. This exercise aims to involve communities in digital volunteers in order to use the technology for the relief agencies responsible for dealing with natural disasters in the country.

The idea of bringing an earthquake simulation was born into the mastery of risk management of the Nueva Granada Military University. Once the ICT Ministry met this unique initiative in the country, joined the squad through the “Redsalvavidas de la Brigada Digital”, a volunteer group whose purpose is to demonstrate that ICT also save lives.

The aim is to advance a simulation of an "earthquake" that would fictitious centered in the university area of the city of Manizales. Digital Volunteers, 42 in total, grouped into twitter and mappers in the country, will be connected with the “crisis room” of the Nueva Granada Military University and through its technological tools facilitate the work of institutions responsible for dealing with disasters such phenomena
natural.

The fictional exercise intended several reports to advance the public perception of the earthquake through various reports supplied by the twitter notionally exercise participants, who represent the Manizales affected by the earthquake of course.

The event will simulate the actions to be brought forward during the first four days after the earthquake. Between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. will develop the analysis of what is known as “EDAN”, the Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis of the community, allegedly affected during the first day of natural phenomenon, and between 11:00 am and 2:00 p.m. the work will focus on actions to be brought forward in the three remaining days of the phenomenon.

This exercise aims to involve technology in the service of natural phenomena that occur in the country and offer alternatives supported by tools like Twitter and digital maps.

(Source: Mintic - Colombia)

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