International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Latin America and the Caribbean   

Newsletter ISDR Inform - Latin America and the Caribbean
Issue: 13/2006- 12/2006 - 11/2005 - 10/2005 - 9/2004 - 8/2003 - 7/2003 - 6/2002 - 5/2002 - 4/2001- 3/2001

In the Spotlight: The Role of the University


Center for Scientific Support in Disaster Situations (CENACID)
Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil

The following is an example of Paraná Federal University’s interdisciplinary outreach programs.

The Center for Scientific Support in Disaster Situations (CENACID) is a special unit of the Environment and Development Interdisciplinary Node (NIMAD) of Paraná Federal University (UFPR). Its aim is to provide scientific and technical support to government and civil defense agencies during emergency situations. It also suggests actions to mitigate and respond to emergencies, and provides training on emergency response and accident prevention.

CENACID’s specialists in various disciplines can be called upon in emergency situations. These experts, who hail from different departments and units of UFPR, volunteer their services when dealing with emergencies and natural and technological disasters. The Center responds to requests by government and civil defense agencies, both national and international, as well as research institutions and non-governmental organizations concerned about emergency issues.

Scientists interested in joining CENACID must present a CV detailing their education, training, and other qualifications that make them useful in emergency and disaster situations. After the CENACID Board evaluates the CVs, candidates are invited to participate in a Basic Training Seminar. After completing the seminar, participants are considered full members of the Center.

The Basic Training Seminar is aimed at unifying members’ understanding of basic concepts related to disasters and emergencies, as well as providing knowledge about the activities of civil defense agencies. Training is also provided on specific skills such as the use of radio communications and maps.

For more information, please contact:
Renato Eugenio de Lima