QUITO – The Ecuadorian government is planning to build about six mobile disaster management centers with an “ultra-modern” design” to handle emergencies, President Rafael Correa said on Sunday.
The president made the announcement during his weekly activities report while commenting on the moves his administration has been making to develop a policy to confront various types of natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods, droughts and volcanic eruptions.
Correa said that the mobile centers will be able to be transported by helicopter, cost about $500,000 each and “don’t exist in any part of the world.”
He also said that people will know where to go if a disaster strikes and will find at the tented mobile emergency sites satellite communications, television to get information on the current situation, water and food for three days.
He added that with the creation of the National Risk Secretariat three years ago, the country had advanced considerably in its disaster management efforts, but he said there was still much more to do.
Without providing greater detail, Correa said that Quito and Guayaquil are “among the 20 riskiest cities in Latin America” with regard to natural disasters, given that Ecuador is on the so-called Ring of Fire surrounding the Pacific basin.