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October 11, 2011

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...that Trinidad and Tobago recently hosted a natural disaster training exercise to practice response to an earthquake of significant magnitude? Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias (FA-HUM) is a mission rehearsal exercise aimed at testing and improving regional and national disaster response capabilities within Central America and the Caribbean Basin in order to assist countries with building sustainable capabilities for executing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The FA-HUM initiative includes the participation of military and civilian personnel from Central and South America, the Caribbean, Canada, Great Britain and the United States, as well as representatives of international organizations.
Between 1991 and 2010, the occurrence of natural disasters increased by 30% in the Americas with over 1,600 disasters recorded. Disaster-related losses between 2001 and 2010 exceeded US$ 600 billion and affected approximately 120 million people.

FAHUM 2011 - Humanitarian Allied Forces Simulation Exercise

Paragraph 60, Fifth Summit of the Americas: “We commit to improving regional cooperation and strengthening our national technical and institutional capacity for disaster reduction, prevention, preparedness and response, rehabilitation, resilience, risk reduction, impact mitigation, and evaluation. We will strengthen our monitoring, surveillance, communications and early warning systems and will encourage the sharing of information and research on disasters…”

Sixth Summit of the Americas

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