Posted in Issue 107 - June 2007 News from PAHO/WHO
The Emergency Operations Center for the Caribbean (EOC-CAR) was established to provide reliable, timely, and authoritative information during the Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007. Located at the PAHO/WHO Office in Barbados, it served to give early warning and to forecast potential emergency situations that could require an organization-wide response.
Information was gathered about monitoring potential crisis type events, communicable disease events, weather, and preparedness activities carried out by the participating countries. Sources included CAREC and its extended epidemiological network during the CWC, local media reports, and National Disaster Coordination Offices in countries hosting games. Daily situation reports were prepared and a weekly report was distributed to health disaster coordinators in national and international agencies.
There were two phases of operation: the alert and the response phases. The alert phase required the EOC to be on standby for the duration of the Cricket World Cup (from 11 March to 28 April 2007). The response phase called for the mobilization of PAHO professional and support staff to assist member countries in managing emergency response. Fortunately, the response phase was not activated during CWC ’07, but the same strategies will be used during hurricane season.