Exercise Connectivity 2013 tests Guyana emergency communications

Georgetown, Guyana , June 4th, 2013 (CDC) - The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) with funding from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) conducted Exercise Connectivity 2013 on Thursday May 30, 2013 at Base Camp Stephenson, Timehri, East Bank Demerara. Exercise Connectivity 2013 is a prelude to the national disaster exercise, Exercise Floodgate 2013.

 

Exercise Connectivity 2013 was designed to test the operational capacity/capability/and functionality of the various mediums of communication across the ten administrative regions of Guyana. This was done against the backdrop of our country being affected by multiple hazards, thus, rendering aspects of the nations Information Communication Technology (ICT) systems unserviceable during specific stages of the hazard impact/disaster. This also resulted in the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) being relocated to its alternate location at Base Camp Stephenson, Timehri, East Bank Demerara.

During the exercise communication was continuously established with the various administrative regions using telephone/internet (email)/VHF and HF Radios/fax. Additionally, the United Nations Emergency Technical Team (UNETT) also successfully established communication with its relevant agencies and tested their business continuity plan.Group photo of the Director General, CDC, Colonel (retired) Chabilall Ramsarup (at centre with white shirt jack) and exercise participants at the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC)

Present at the exercise were representatives from the following agencies:

 

  • Guyana Defence Force (GDF)
  • Guyana Police Force (GPF)
  • Guyana Fire Service (GFS)
  • Guyana Prison Service (GPS)
  • Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Ministry of Education (MoE)
  • Government Information Agency (GINA)
  • Guyana Red Cross Society (GRCS)
  • Civil Defence Commission Volunteer Corps (CDC VC)
  • United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Emergency Technical Team (UNETT)

 

The CDC will be hosting a table top exercise in August 2013 along with Exercise floodgate 2013 in October 2013. These exercises are all designed to test Guyana’s level of preparedness and response capabilities to various hazards and disasters. They also seek to allow for the timely review and amendment of existing national disaster risk management plans, policies, procedures and protocols.Exercise personnel at work in the Alternate National Emergency Operations Centre

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