El estándar es salvar vidas
11 Nov 2019

The standard is saving lives

A total of 34 communities in Honduras and 36 communities in El Salvador have flood Early Warning Systems, which will help the Civil Protection Systems of both countries to save more lives.

To celebrate the completion of multiple activities and the closing of the project "Reduction and prevention of negative impacts, as well as emergency humanitarian situations resulting from flood disasters on very vulnerable populations living in poverty in the watersheds of the Goascorán, Nacaome, Lempa and Acelhuate rivers in Honduras and El Salvador", a binational closing event was held in a community near the border between the two countries. It included the participation of national and local Civil Protection authorities from El Salvador and Honduras, local and international organizations that participated in the implementation of project activities, representatives of organizations of people with disabilities and a delegation from our headquarters that included Mr. Ulrich Bauch, Federal Manager of Federal ASB worldwide.

The project succeeded in reducing the damage caused by recurrent flooding in communities living on the banks of the rivers mentioned above. To this end, Flood Early Warning Systems (SATI) were installed, hydrological studies were carried out in each country, hydrometric stations and scales were built, and communities, schools, community and municipal civil protection committees were trained so that people who are going to carry out observation and monitoring immediately after seeing a chart can know if the river is in green, yellow or red level and effectively communicate to other community members how to assume the warnings and proceed with concrete actions depending on each one.

"These rivers did not have an early warning system, much less hydrological studies" - indicates Mr. Juan José Reyes, Head of Early Warning Systems at the national level of COPECO - Honduras - "Now they have the study, they have warning protocols and the important thing will be to accompany them with the municipal governments so that the system has a versatility that allows it to reach the standards for which it was designed and the standard is to save lives. “