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Reference : V-P-CL-E-00056
Date : 16/06/2013
Country/Region : CHILE
Caption : Southern Chile, Araucania region, Temuco. ICRC training for 23 volunteers from the Chilean Red Cross in emergency response and restoring family links.
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description :
The training took place between the 16th and 17th June 2013.

An ICRC delegate presents to the Chilean Red Cross volunteers the material used in emergency response and Restoring Family Links (RFL) operations. "We start with the institutional theory, analyzing real cases such as the answer to the earthquake in Chile and the floods in the mountainous regions of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, and then give space for a practical simulation, where the volunteers take the roles of victims and response team members, simulating an emergency in real time," explains Gabriel Santangelo, Cooperation Advisor with the National Societies of the ICRC's regional delegation for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, and member of the RFL response pool.

To know the fate of loved ones is one of the main preoccupations that arises following a natural disaster, during an armed conflict or in situations of forced immigration. After the earthquake of 27th February 2010 - which gave rise to an important joint work of the ICRC and Chilean RC to restore the links between separated family members - the ICRC strengthened the cooperation with the Chilean Red Cross, starting a new action plan aiming to enhance emergency and RFL response capability. To that end, 60 volunteers of the Chilean Red Cross have been trained during the last three years and three Chilean Red Cross Operational Centers have been created in the whole country. These centers have been equipped with rapid deployment material, such as satellite phone, laptop and RFL forms, with the intent of providing appropriate logistical support for rapid response to RFL situations.
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Orientation : landscape
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