IEEE MOVE in Puerto Rico Tech Talk presented on May 19, 2022 by Loderay Bracero Marrero.
Summary: Great overview of the IEEE MOVE work being done in Puerto Rico. The MOVE Puerto Rico team is going beyond power and communications to assist the Red Cross with training and support. They are completing lots of training and have already deployed to a disaster.
Loderay Bracero Marrero has been a member of IEEE and the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) for five years. Currently, she is an active volunteer in Puerto Rico and Caribbean Section. She works as the Mobile Outreach Program coordinator (MOVE) in the Puerto Rico chapter. She also volunteers at the Red Cross Puerto Rico chapter.
Loderay is a Ph.D. candidate in the Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, and has worked as a GIS Analyst and archaeology technician.
IEEE-MOVE International Puerto Rico (Info-session webinar)
*In this webinar we will be explaining the work we have done as IEEE in the United States and Puerto Rico. Likewise, we will guide how other members can join this initiative. Live presentation recorded on Tuesday march 1, 2022.*
First Deployment of IEEE MOVE Puerto Rico (Short Video)
We want to thank our volunteers who were deployed assisting the cities who suffered floods the weekend of February 4-6 in Puerto Rico.
If you would like to become part of IEEE MOVE Puerto Rico send us an email at: [email protected].
MOVE Volunteer Newsletter
Since March 2020 the team in Puerto Rico and Caribbean Section that is currently promoting the MOVE International efforts in the island, led by Jenifer Castillo and Loderay Bracero, began their path to become Red Cross volunteers and to identify what could be needed in this area to respond after an eventual disaster Puerto Rico is an island that historically has been subjected to high hurricane activity, but after Hurricane Maria in 2017 it became clear that IEEE could expand the MOVE program in this area.
The next step is the communication portion For this, the team has already the support of local ham operators, for the tests of two new technologies to form a communications grid in the island, that will enable the volunteers to get in contact from different points of Puerto Rico, which will work even when other communications in the island are down Taking advantage of the agreement that Red Cross and IEEE already had, the alignment of the efforts of Red Cross Puerto Rico and IEEE PRC was fluent, and currently, all 8 volunteers have a volunteering position in the Red Cross Beside the human resources.
IEEE wants to have a kit that enables the volunteers to support the efforts of the RC during these situations The design of the kit that would provide power aid is ready, thanks to the support Mike Wilson, procurement is in process All the process and results will be consolidated in a formal procedure that will enable IEEE to replicate and escalate it as needed The initial funding of the program is coming from IEEE NIC (New Initiatives Committee), and also supported by IEEE Region 9 and the sustainability of the program from that point on, will be subjected to donations to it through the IEEE Foundation through the IEEE International MOVE Fund.
IEEE Puerto Rico and Caribbean Section Link: https://site.ieee.org/prc/