International Partnership in Emergency Management Between California and Chile Gets Stronger

The partnership between California and Chile has been bolstered following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two governments today in Santiago, Chile.

Further expanding the existing relationship, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security of Chile (Oficina Nacional de Emergencia del Ministerio del Interior y Seguridad Publica – ONEMI) signed the MOU formalizing the partnership..

The MOU will focus on improving efficiencies and capabilities within emergency management by sharing best practices, expertise, technology, training and research in areas such as drought response, as well as earthquake and tsunami alert and warning systems.

California and Chile, though on two separate continents, share similar geography, climatology and natural disaster risks. These two governments have been long-standing partners, going back to 1963 with the launch of the Chile-California Program. The emergency and disasters partnership started back to 2010 when a Joint Declaration on cooperation in emergency management and disasters was signed between California and Chile. A Memorandum of Understanding between Chile and California “Chile-California: A XXI Century Partnership” was then signed in 2013. In 2015, a Joint Declaration on Climate Change was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.

The partnership provides a framework for both countries to learn from each other and strengthen emergency management capabilities. The MOU will provide opportunities for the countries to continue partnership through projects and research to enhance respond, recover, mitigate and prevent disasters. California and Chile will also provide training opportunities, share best practices and expertise, information exchange, and explore future opportunities for collaboration.

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-9-25-10-amAs the lead technical agency for emergencies and disasters in Chile, ONEMI plays a key role in reducing disaster risks and enhancing community resiliency. Chile has experienced multiple devastating earthquakes in recent history and are also experiencing the impacts of drought and climate change.

California is a world leader in emergency management and partners with many countries around the world. International partnerships such as these is a win-win as different governments can learn from each other, share ideas and resources to better protect the
public before, during and after a disaster.

Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

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