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L’Alliance pour la Gestion des Risques et la Continuité des Activités (AGERCA) raises awareness about prevention of risks and helps to connect the private sector into national disaster management structures in Haiti.
In 2020, AGERCA responded to COVID-19, a tropical storm and provided support for people displaced by conflict.
In Haiti, the National Emergency Center was activated in March in response to the COVID-19 crisis and as part of the National Risk and Disaster Management System. AGERCA participated in the coordination meetings and launched its Response Platform of Civil Society Organizations (PROC19), an initiative that brought together several civil society organizations to address the pandemic. AGERCA and its partners distributed food and hygiene kits, disinfected facilities such as schools and churches, set up handwashing stations in public places and trained people on the importance of COVID-19 mitigation measures. They also conducted a COVID-19 impact survey among small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
In response to Tropical Storm Laura in August, AGERCA sent out more than two million early warning text messages, provided phone credit to the National Emergency Operations Center to facilitate communications between departments and liaised with telecommunications companies to ensure their networks were active in the affected areas. It also combined information on hurricane preparedness with COVID-19 messages to raise awareness of the dual threat. In September, AGERCA organized a disaster risk reduction workshop for over 100 young people
To learn more about the network, please go to the AGERCA website.