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Colombian National Directorate of Firefighters announces weather-based emergency plans

November 8, 2023

The Colombian National Directorate of Firefighters has issued a bulletin mandating all regional firefighter delegates and commanders to engage in prevention and monitoring due to potential natural hazards.

This directive comes in alignment with the established mission under the law 1575 of 2012, facilitated by the Subdirectorate of Strategy and Firefighter Coordination.

Weather forecasts prompt nationwide emergency preparedness

According to forecasts and studies from the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM), there’s an elevated risk of landslides in unstable areas, significant changes in river levels, and the threat of wildfires.

Coastal areas are also advised to be on alert for marine weather threats.

All these factors contribute to the response plan outlined in the bulletin, which directs firefighting units to establish emergency procedures and protocols as defined by the national emergency response strategy (ENRE).

Access to technical forecasts and alerts encouraged

For further technical information on forecasts and emergency alerts, the bulletin references the IDEAM website, urging the public and concerned authorities to review the daily technical report No. 311.

The link to the report is provided for comprehensive access to the detailed weather analysis: Daily Technical Report No. 311.

The latest report indicates scattered rainfall in various regions and predominantly dry weather with varied cloudiness in others.

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The directive from the Colombian National Directorate of Firefighters underlines the proactive steps being taken nationwide to prepare for natural emergencies.

By coordinating with various national risk management and disaster prevention entities, the response to potential threats like landslides, changes in river water levels, and wildfires can be swift and structured.

Monitoring these risks is crucial for the safety and preparedness of communities, especially in regions with a high probability of such events.

The approach to integrating weather forecast data into emergency planning reflects a significant advancement in hazard preparedness and disaster response effectiveness.

About the Colombian National Directorate of Firefighters

The Colombian National Directorate of Firefighters, operating under the guidance of the national law 1575 of 2012, works diligently to prevent and manage fires and other related emergencies across Colombia.

The organization is pivotal in articulating with technical entities of the National System for Disaster Risk Management, Departmental and Municipal Risk Management Councils, and operational entities to ensure a coordinated response to emergencies.

*Please note that this article may have been translated using automated software; unintended translation errors may be present.

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