DHL conducts GARD training at Panama international airport
- Get Airports Ready for Disaster Training for the first time in Latin America
- DHL experts together with airport authorities analyze capacities at the airport in case of natural disasters
The course will focus on an analysis of the capacities of the Panamanian Airports to cope with natural disasters.
In order to strengthen the capacity of the International "Tocumen" Airport in Panama, and to prepare the staff for any type of emergency caused by natural disasters, DHL representatives will introduce the "Get Airports Ready for Disasters" (GARD) training. The seminar will be attended by more than 60 participants from local airport facilities and will take place from 9th to 13th of September 2013. The course will focus on an analysis of the capacities of the Panamanian Airports to cope with natural disasters. Among the participants will be the main airport authorities such as Captain Rafael Barcenas, General Director of Civil Aviation; the General Manager of Tocumen International Airport Mr. Juan Carlos Pino and Mr. Claudio Dutary, Operations Manager.
The GARD program seeks to strengthen the capacities of the airport and prepare the staff for the emergency situation, address the relevant processes and identify potential risk areas. This will help to define the logistic capabilities needed at airports to deal more efficiently with large arrival of humanitarian aid. The training program has been developed by DHL, the worldwide leader in international transportation and logistics together with UNDP, the United Nations Development Program.
Disaster management program of Deutsche Post DHL
The GARD concept complements the disaster management program of Deutsche Post DHL, including the DHL Disaster Response Teams (DRT). The DRT's step in to organize the logistics at airports following a disaster and has been implemented at over 20 airports since its launch in 2005. Both, GARD and DRT, form part of the Group's Corporate Responsibility Program "Living Responsibility". Both programs are conducted in partnership with the United Nations on the basis of a voluntary engagement. To this date GARD has been implemented at airports in Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Turkey and El Salvador.
Panama is a logistics hub that can be reached by air, land and sea. It is taking advantage of the facilities available including the multimodal platform which consists of the Panama Canal, the inter-oceanic railway, the ports on the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, the DHL Hub of the Americas for air cargo and passengers, and the Colon Free Zone; for the collection and distribution of goods worldwide.