Raising Earthquake Risk Awareness: TREQ’s community workshops for the general public

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The USAID-supported TREQ project successfully conducted an earthquake risk awareness training for risk management practitioners at the community level. The sessions, held on February 18th and 21st in Medellin, Colombia were designed in collaboration with local partners AMVA (Área Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá), Sistema de Alerta Temprana de Medellín y el Valle de Aburrá (SIATA) and EAFIT University. The group has also developed a video to support the earthquake risk awareness sessions.

 

A diverse group in charge of disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities was trained, together with personnel in charge of communicating risk to the general public on topics ranging from understanding earthquakes to assessing earthquake risk. A document designed to support people interested in facilitating these types of sessions will be available on the TREQ website soon.

 

Recently, one of the project partners, SIATA has re-echoed what they have learned in a series of meetings at the community of Andalucia in Caldas. Officers from SIATA discussed what people think of when they hear the word ‘earthquake’. The group deliberated on this question to clarify misconceptions and reinforce the facts about this natural phenomenon.

 

TREQ’s communication activities will continue to be held in the city of Medellin as part of the collaboration with the local offices and partners.

 

Visit the TREQ website for more information about the project.

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