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The following news item is courtesy of the International Amateur Radio Union:

The Executive Committee of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 has appointed Dr. Carlos A. Santamaria, CO2JC, as the new Region 2 Emergency Coordinator (EMCOR).

The Executive Committee made the appointment after a call to all Member Societies for candidates after the recent retirement of Dr. Cesar Pio Santos, HR2P, after 12 years of service.

Dr. Santamaria has extensive experience serving as Federacion de Radioaficionados de Cuba coordinator of the National Emergency Network (REN), both in exercises and communications during activations in the event of hurricanes and even earthquakes, maintaining contact with the coordinators of other Caribbean countries to protect emergency frequencies. He also advises the Cuban headquarters of the United Nations Organization on Emergency communications during disasters.

Emergency Coordinators in Member Societies are encouraged to contact Dr. Santamaria to introduce themselves and make any recommendations they may have to improve emergency responsiveness within the Region.

Dr. Santamaria can be reached by email at: 

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IARU R2 Appoints new Emergency Coordinator