The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) – Costa Rican Social Security Fund – announced, on Friday, that it will not participate in the first National Earthquake Evacuation Drill in Costa Rica, convened by the National Emergency Commission (CNE) for Monday, August 19, at 10 am

CCSS main offices in downtown San Jose

Through a press release, the CCSS, known as the Caja, explained that its priority these days is to restore all medical, administrative and financial services that were affected by the eight-day strike by the unions.

Daniel Quesada Rodríguez, director of the CCSS Emergency and Disaster Assistance Center, alleged that the state of institutional emergency caused by the trade union movement, supports the decision not to take part in the activity.

Quesada said that, at this time, the entity needs to dedicate all available resources to guarantee all users the continuity of the services it provides, as soon as possible.

“The institutional priority at this time is to ensure the restoration of all the services provided by the institution,” Quesada said.

In addition, the Caja indicated that the strike prevented the technical groups responsible for logistics from preparing in due time to organize the participation of the CCSS in the simulation convened for Monday.

Down the street, the Poder Judicial (Judiciary) informed that only officials who work in the Annex B building will join the scheduled evacuation. The rest of the offices that make up the First Judicial Circuit will work normally.

The Simulacro Nacional de Evacuación por Sismos en Costa Rica, is a practice drill in which an emergency and / or earthquake disaster is represented as close to what it would be in reality, it tests the ability to react to evacuate people and to go to a safe place.

The Simulacrowill take place on Monday, August 19, 2019, at 10:00 am.

People are encouraged to participate in the event and download the app Simulacro CR and when the evacuation is complete, send a report. The app is available free at Google Play and Apple Store.

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