The government announced Tuesday that on October 20 a national evacuation drill will be held in the event of an earthquake, the epicenter of which will be in the province of Santiago.
The information was released by the director of the Emergency Operations Center (COE), retired General Juan Manuel Méndez, during a press conference at the National Palace.
“The Central government will simulate this coming October 20 the occurrence of an earthquake, whose antecedents date back to December 1562 with its epicenter in Santiago de los Caballeros, the simulation will also generate a tsunami alert,” he said.
Méndez indicated that the objective of the drill is so that both the population and the public and private institutions can practice response actions in the event of a sudden occurrence.
He reported that although the epicenter of the earthquake will be in Santiago, it will be felt throughout the national territory. “Starting this Wednesday, we will start a digital campaign with the institutions that make up the organization to motivate them to take part in the simulation together with their family, friends and co-workers.”
He explained that it is planned to work a scenario in which information is generated on partial and total collapse in buildings, isolated places, execution of evacuations throughout the country, trapped people, evictions to meeting points in industries, hotels and hospitals.