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The National Center for Epidemiological Emergencies and Disasters (CENACED, or Centro Nacional de Apoyo para Contingencias Epidemiológicas y Desastres) is the organization representing the National Council of Civil Protection in Mexico, convening companies, civil society, Government and others to support disaster prevention and emergency response. With the support of the Connecting Business initiative (CBi) and other partners, CENACED is strengthening private sector engagement in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery.
CENACED, CBi and other partners are collaborating in Mexico to:
- Increase information dissemination to the private sector and build a multi-stakeholder collaboration platform;
- Build the capacity and strengthen the resilience of businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to withstand and recover from emergencies;
- Embed the private sector in resilience and disaster risk management strategies and programs, including programmes on urban and rural resilience and SMEs reactivation;
- Analyse available data on disaster risks and vulnerabilities to facilitate risk-informed investment and to develop programmes to reduce those risks and vulnerabilities;
- Map and monitor private sector engagement and the coordination of activities, targeting programmes to address gaps and measuring the impact of those programs;
- Share best practices from Mexico on private sector engagement regionally and internationally, and;
- Establish a regional private sector network for Latin America and the Caribbean.
In 2020, CENACED responded to COVID-19, floods and an earthquake.
As part of the COVID-19 response, the network organized information-sharing preparedness activities and set up a call centre with a network of volunteer physicians and psychologists to provide psychosocial support. The network also launched a platform in collaboration with OCHA and UNDP, which coordinated COVID-related activities. It aimed to strengthen the response in a coordinated manner, channel aid (especially food assistance and medical supplies) and mitigate the social impacts of COVID-19.
In November 2020, heavy rains from Hurricane Eta affected southern Mexico, particularly the states of Tabasco, Chiapas and Veracruz. This caused floods, triggering landslides which led to 27 casualties and affecting more than 90,000 people. CENACED supported the affected communities in collaboration with ARISE Mexico, providing food and relief items.
More information, please visit: www.cenaced.org.mx/
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Cover photo: an overview of the CENACED warehouse. Credit: CENACED