Disaster Preparedness in Nicaragua and Gran Pacifica

Posted by Thomas Alvarez on Jul 26, 2016 4:23:35 PM

When traveling or relocating abroad, one of the most important factors to consider is safety. Of course, there is always some risk associated with international travel. With that being said, there are various precautions which you can take to ensure a problem-free trip. These include packing a first-aid kit, practicing cautionary eating and drinking, and increasing your overall alertness of yourself and your surroundings.

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On the other hand, there are some dangers which may be completely out of your control, such as natural disasters. Therefore, it is important to know whether a region you are traveling to has a strong disaster preparedness strategy and appropriate preventative infrastructure. Over the past several years, Nicaragua has impressively developed its disaster preparedness infrastructure to ensure the safety of both locals and tourists alike.

Lessons from the Past

In its past, Nicaragua has faced various natural disasters, most notably the Managua Earthquake in 1972 and Hurricane Mitch in 1998. While these events were tragic, they were greatly beneficial to Nicaragua in the long term. As a result of Mitch, there was a major shift in the country’s preparedness methods and disaster control.

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From both governmental and foreign initiatives, millions of dollars were raised towards infrastructure developments like anti-seismic buildings, flood prevention mechanisms, repaved roads, and increased water accessibility. Effectively, these improvements have immensely reduced the impact of natural disasters on the people of Nicaragua.

Implemented Infrastructure

Natural disasters happen in all parts of the globe, and they are virtually unavoidable. However, with proper defensive infrastructure, the impacts of these events can be substantially reduced. In addition to the physical improvements listed above, there have also been great societal advances to Nicaragua’s disaster prevention plan. Throughout the country, local Red Cross branches and similar foundations have collaborated with schools, universities, and other partner organizations to brainstorm and spread precautionary information regarding relevant natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods.

A few years ago, the Nicaraguan government instituted a large-scale plan as part of the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation, and Attention (SINAPRED) to educate its citizens on how to effectively stay safe in the case of natural catastrophes. As part of this initiative, thousands of locals have been trained to go door-to-door to educate people on how to prepare for, and stay safe during, potential natural occurrences. Likewise, this plan established escape routes, shelters, and assistance centers throughout the country to offer universal aid in the case of a disaster.

Gran Pacifica Disaster Procedures

Gran Pacifica has also taken various steps in providing disaster preparedness in the case of an earthquake, tsunami, or fire.

As of this year, Gran Pacifica has implemented a comprehensive tsunami and earthquake strategy to ensure the safety of both its guests and staff. In the case of an earthquake or tsunami threat, our staff has been trained to take immediate action to first ensure the safety of our guests and, secondly, to ensure the immediate evacuation of all persons from areas of potential impact. From the designated gathering area, all guests will be escorted to the elevated evacuation area outside of the property. The Property Owner Association will then be in touch with the local and national disaster centers for further updates.

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In the case of a fire, water hydrants have been installed in various locations throughout the community, and our team has been trained in proper control techniques. Furthermore, Gran Pacifica has recently acquired a mobile water truck for those areas without water hydrant access. 

While the chances of a natural disaster are very rare, it is important to know that effective plans and procedures have been taken at Gran Pacifica to ensure your safety in any situation.

 

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Thomas Alvarez

Written by Thomas Alvarez

At Allegheny College, Thomas recently earned a double degree in International Studies and Spanish. Throughout his undergraduate career, he has had various opportunities to live, work, and travel throughout Latin America. Currently, he resides in Managua, Nicaragua where he works as an Associate Content Editor for ECI Development.

Topics: Living In Nicaragua