Back to Work in Honduras

I want to share that I have back in Honduras, working gracefully at the Permanent Contingency Committee, or by its acronym, COPECO (Comisión Permanente de Contingencias).
Ain’t it nice, to go back to work, knowing that the institutions personnel is: friendly, capable, competent, and have the capacity to work harmoniously? Well, that’s how I feel. COPECO and it’s Minister, Lisandro Rosales @lisandrorosales has been the most capable and competent person I’ve had the honor the work with, as well as the Governmental institution where things are made to happen.
When I left COPECO, to pursue my Master Degree in Engineering Management in Crisis Disaster and Risk at the George Washington University in Washington DC, COPECO was just initializing it’s processes to restructure and optimize the Honduras System for Risk Management.
Te years later, with open arms, I am received, and I find myself dumbfounded by the advancements, even a Doppler Radar, wow.
Finally, I want to thank God and life for giving me life synchronicity towards achieving great results for a common good.

From Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Carlos Castillo

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FEMA and The Regional of Latin, Central America and the Caribbean

I am from the amazing beautiful, tropical, green and loving Republic of Honduras. Located in the top most vulnerable areas in the Planet.
Before I came down to Washington DC, I had the privilege to work at the Comisión Permanente de Contingencias COPECO (@FEMA Analogue). Today I was wondering why, COPECO, and the other analogue emergency management agencies of the region, don’t have cooperation agreements directly with FEMA. USAID/OFDA does an amazing job at aiding and coordinating effort with Honduras and the region. But when it comes to good practices and lessons learned, shouldn’t it be the FEMA the agency willing to also contribute their good practices and knowledge with the world? As a secondary effect, a common language and standards can begin to replicate throughout the hemisphere.
For example, utilizing the Interamericana Network For Disaster Mitigation (ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATE PLATFORM) http://www.oas.org as a tool for gathering experts from FEMA, Canada Emergency Management Agency, et’ all, to share good practices with other countries.
Hopefully the results of such a voluntary effort, will bring the Western Hemisphere together, in the amazing and great task of Emergency Management, Business Crisis and continuity management, Disaster Risk Reduction and and overall, Human sustainable development.

Best, Carlos