The Embassy of the United States officially handed over the keys to a new administrative and training building for the Civil Protection Directorate, located in Nejapa under the appreciative eye of El Salvador President Sanchez Ceren. The construction began in August 2016 and finished in April of this year. The new facility represents a $1.7 million investment in El Salvador by the U.S. Government.
The building was designed and funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It has been a priority disaster preparedness project for the country since the previous headquarters in San Salvador was structurally damaged in the 2001 earthquake that devastated the country. The new building was designed to withstand earthquakes, and its strategic position in Nejapa enables personnel to more efficiently to reach some of El Salvador’s most vulnerable areas. The new facility will serve as training center for disaster emergency management and will standardize technical skills for disaster management professionals.
“I’m grateful to the Government of the United States and the Southern Command for their support to the country and the government of El Salvador in this mission to consolidate the National Disaster Risk Management System”, said President Salvador Sánchez Céren.
The inauguration was also attended by U.S. Military Group Senior Detachment Officer, Colonel Elliot Harris; Director of Exercises and Coalition Affairs of Southern Command, Juan Pablo Forero; El Salvador Director General de Protección Civil, Jorge Meléndez; El Salvador Minister of Defense, David Munguía Payés; and Mayor of Nejapa, Adolfo Barrios.