Success Stories Fbf LAC 2020 Vol. 1 - Page 8

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September 20th, the Ecuadorian Red Cross activated its Early Action Protocol for volcanic ash fall, which was developed with the support of the German Red Cross and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center.

Funding for the activation (246,000 Swiss francs) was provided by the Early Actions' financial mechanism of the International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

In July 2020, the Sangay volcano, located in the center of Ecuador on the edge of the Andes and the Amazon, was more active with several small eruptions. On Sunday September 20th, after a big volcanic eruption, the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School (IGEPN) predicted an ashfall from 1 to 30 mm in four provinces of the country: Chimborazo, Bolivar, Guayas and Manabi. That day, the Ecuadorian Red Cross directly activated its Early Action Protocol, distributing health kits for children and adults in the affected area.

These included safety glasses and N95 masks to reduce respiratory problems and eye infections.

Over a thousand ecuadorian families assisted during the Early Action Protocol activation

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Photo: Ecuadorian Red Cross