[HOT] Assisting people of Quito to prepare for possible Cotopaxi Volcano eruption

Pete Masters pedrito1414 at googlemail.com
Fri Oct 2 09:06:13 UTC 2015

Hi all, please see below. I received this from a contact in the NHS. I
think there are probably a number of people on this list who have the
skills and experience to help in some of these topics. There is a link
below to register your interest...




*Pete Masters*
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Can you lend your expertise to assist the City of Quito, Ecuador to prepare
for the likely eruption of the Cotopaxi Volcano [1
30 miles from Quito? Can you share the request with the right people within
NHS who might be able to lend their expertise and sign up for a session?

Cotopaxi is currently spewing ash. The last large-scale eruption was in
1877, and it is believed that another one is now inevitable. If it erupts,
some communities will have less than half an hour to evacuate.

The scale of the challenge is overwhelming. Yet there are those of you out
there with good ideas for how to mitigate the risks, especially using
technology and innovation, or those of you who know others who have
relevant experience, skills, and know how.

We want to ask you to participate in one or more of a series of online
coaching sessions  to help the city get smarter about how to prepare.
Please, we need your help.

The goal of these online sessions is to:

1.       Better define and understand the nature of the problem
2.       Help connect those people with relevant experience and know how to
city officials to help Quito better manage the impending disaster
3.       Identify innovative and practical ways, especially using new
technology, to tackle the challenge at hand
4.       Result in at least 2-3 implementable ways per topic of doing
things differently that could potentially save lives, save resources, and
allow for money to be spent on what matters most.


·         Each session will run online from 11 am EST for 1.5 hours on a
Monday or Thursday (see calendar below)
·         Each session will be attended by those city officials with
responsibility for that topic, who will share background information about
the current state of readiness.
·         Each session will be moderated by an expert in the field.
·         Each session will be staffed by volunteers who will take notes
and follow up the session to develop good ideas into more concrete and
actionable proposals backed up by research.

What We Need From You?

·         Sign up [2 <https://the-govlab.forms.fm/cotopaxi>] for the
sessions of greatest relevance where you have the most to contribute.
o    Coordination of Communication - Thursday, October 1
o    Evacuation Planning - Monday, October 5
o    Cost Effective Human and Animal Shelters - Thursday,  October 8
o    Citizen Sensing and Citizen Science - Monday, October 12
o    Protection of Vulnerable Populations - Thursday, October 15
o    Construction of a Skills-Based Expert Network - Monday, October 19
o    Continuity of Communications Systems - Thursday, October 22
o    Air and Water Quality and Sanitation - Monday, October 26
o    Food Safety and Cold-Chain Supply Management - Thursday, October 29
o    Access to Health Services - Monday, November 2
o    School Alternatives During a Disaster - Thursday, November 5
o Innovative Financing for Redevelopment - Monday, November 9

Many thanks for your assistance and for volunteering your time and
expertise to help the people of Ecuador.

Carolina Pozo, Secretary General, Planning and Open Government, City of
Beth Simone Noveck, Founder, The GovLab
Dinorah Cantu, Director, The GovLab Academy

[2] https://the-govlab.forms.fm/cotopaxi
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