BANASA and CONRED form local coordinators for the reduction of disaster

Banasa, along with the National Coordinating Committee for Disaster Reduction – CONRED- and the Trifinio Association, carried out a three-day course to form local coordinators for the reduction of disasters – COLRED-. During the workshops, more than 70 people, including BANASA employees and community leaders of Quetzaltenango, San Marcos and Retalhuleu, were trained on issues regarding safety and disaster prevention.

CONRED led trainings in order to help communities reduce the impact of natural disasters and to help them learn organize themselves in case of emergencies. Many issues were addressed, such as management for the reduction of risk from disasters, performance and methodology of local coordinators, risk diagnosis for their communities, climate change, shelters, earthquake drills, community organization and leadership.

The event included the special collaboration of the health area of Retalhuleu, which trained the attendees on recognizing the symptoms and preventing diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika.

The activity involved the communities located in the southwestern region of Guatemala: Morenas, Colonia Barillas, Palmar I y II, Chiquirines, Colonia Díaz, Carrizales, Los Encuentros, San Rafael Pacayá, San Vicente Pacayá I y II, Troje, Santa Fe, San Luis, Pomal, Salinas I y II, Cerritos, Pueblo Nuevo, Villa Flores, Esmeralda, El Refugio, Valle Lirio and La Blanquita.

“This training was very helpful for us because we learned new things to transmit it to our communities and to be prepared for natural disasters in 2016; Thank you for the opportunity”, said a community leader from Los Encuentros, Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango, at the closing ceremony of the event.