HAVANA.- The Meteoro, a Cuban nationwide drill to prepare the population to face disaster situations will have its first day of activities today, when the System of Measures of the National Civil Defense Staff (EMNDC) will enter into action.

The preparation of the management and command bodies at all levels will be the focus of attention this Saturday of this exercise, the main since 1986 in Cuba, with the aim of increasing the population's readiness to face tropical cyclones and other dangers of disasters, natural, technological and health phenomena.

According to the strategy, Sunday's day will be dedicated to practical actions to face disaster risks and reduce vulnerabilities, with the participation of the entities and the population.

One of its essential purposes is to strengthen the nation's capacity against earthquakes, major hurricanes, severe droughts and health-related disasters, according to EMNDC specialists.

They specified that during Meteoro 2018, emphasis will be placed on the preservation of the economy's resources against the effects of natural or technological phenomena and the impacts of climate change, and on the training of the members of the people's protection commissions and damage assessment groups.

In these cases, the training of those who provide services in the offices of procedures for victims is included, as well as the verification of the communications system and the Emergency Network of the Cuban Amateur Radio Federation.

In addition, there has been an increase in the dissemination of information on the rules of conduct in disaster situations and the Family Guidelines for the preservation against tropical cyclones, compliance with the measures in each of the phases established by the Civil Defense, and monitoring of the dangers, vulnerabilities and risks.

Both days of the 2018 Meteoro must take into account the experiences of the powerful hurricane Irma, which last September hit the north coast with the maximum category five of the Saffir-Simpson scale, which classifies tropical cyclones according to the intensity of their winds.

The hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin, which includes the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, begins on June 1 and ends on November 30.