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Winter Plan of Petrópolis, RJ, Brazil: preparation for the contingency of drought and forest fire

Paulo Renato Martins Vaz
Secretary of Civil Defense and Voluntary Actions

Petrópolis is located at the top of Serra da Estrela, in Serra dos Órgãos, in the Serrana Region of the State of Rio de Janeiro, 68 km from the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has a population of 305,917 inhabitants (2010). According to the climate classification of Köppen, it has a tropical climate of altitude (Cwb) with mild and rainy summers that potentiate landslides, floods and rocky block bearings, and dry winters that increase drought and devastating forest fires in its large preserved green areas.

In this way, the Municipality of Petrópolis, through its Secretariat of Civil Defense and Voluntary Actions, organized for the first time the Winter Plan of the municipality where by means of a tactical planning of anticipated and organized actions were articulated the various organs located in the city and mobilized Its innumerable resources for the contingency of drought and forest fire. As a consequence, specific plans have been developed to deal with these disaster threats with activities / responsibilities matrices in which each institution involved will know what to do in a possible moment of crisis, all agreed and with great anticipation of the critical period.

The work was developed during the three months of autumn and released in early winter 2017. In order to make the planning activities more productive, seven sectoral groups were formed and specific meetings were held with each of them: Governance, Fire Fighting, Repression and Inspection, Legislative, Support, Communities and Rural Producers. Two simulated exercises were carried out to implement the plans. In total, 77 government and civil society bodies and 231 people participated in the experiment that can be accessed through a virtual mind mapping platform:


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