Based on its experience and leadership in emergency situations in the areas of food security, logistics and telecommunications, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) established as one of its priorities to strengthen the government’s capacities to respond to natural disasters in Peru.
WFP organized a mission to assess the current emergency telecommunications infrastructure and capacity of the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) and their partners nationwide: the Operations Centers of Regional Emergency (COER) and the Ministry of Health (MINSA).
This mission was carried out on 12-21 May 2014 with the support of the Fast IT and Telecommunications Emergency and Support Team (FITTEST, based in Dubai). FITTEST experts assessed nine strategic regions at the request of INDECI: Lima, Piura, San Martín, Arequipa, Puno, Tacna, Moquegua, Ayacucho y Huancavelica.
A final report of this mission was presented by the WFP Information Technology Officer, Juan Joseli, at INDECI headquarters on 17 September 2014. The session was opened by the INDECI Director, Major General, Alfredo Murgueytio, and the WFP Representative in Peru, Sheila Grudem. Among other participants were representatives of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MTC), Ministry of Health (MINSA), Peruvian Red Cross, Radio Amateurs of Peru, the Armed Forces Joint Command and UN agencies.
The report shows that the actual emergency telecommunications system needs to be strengthen in order to fulfill its role and to ensure proper care in case of a major emergency in Peru. It also recommends coordination among actors to organize a forum on this issue; to upgrade their telecommunications infrastructure; to improve telecommunications protocols and standards; and to develop the Information Technology and Communications staff capacities.