When calls for help do not reach their destination any more
From Neuhausen to Nepal: In our modern world, communication networks can reach even the most remote regions. However, they are vulnerable. World-wide, THW supports the preparation of emergency forces for the failure of regular communication networks after disasters.
In Nepal most of the communication services of the country depend on one glass fibre cable. The complete failure of the communication infrastructure in case of a disaster is very likely. Due to the tenth position on the worldwide scale of earthquake probability, this exceptional case is a calculable risk. Together with Emergency.lu – an initiative of the Luxembourgish Government –, THW is preparing employees of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations (UN) in Nepal for such a case.
In Dadeldhura in November, the German-Luxembourgish team will set up a satellite communication system near the WFP-office building. Furthermore, the experts of the different UN-organisations, which are active in Nepal, will be trained in using the technology. In the case of a disaster, the connection with the world outside will be guaranteed both for the UN-members and the subsequent emergency staff.
The project in Nepal is integrated into the Emergency Telecommunication Cluster, which is managed by WFP. The group unites IT- and telecommunication specialists (ITC) from the UN, disaster management organisations of their member states and from IT- and telecommunication enterprises. Worldwide, they are operational within a few hours and set up communication networks to allow the subsequent operational staff the coordination of the relief measures.
As a partner of the World Food Programme, THW, organises, among others, exercises for the ITC-staff of the WFP. In March 2013, for the second time, the exercise OpEx Bravo will take place on the premises of THW’s National Training school in Neuhausen and in the adjacent forest area. Again, THW volunteers will ensure realistic conditions by acting out refugees, rebels, military or UN-staff, whilst the international participants will set up radio links and satellite connections.
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