752 participants from 25 countries and organizations representing the Colombian national disaster risk management system, as well as the district level of Bogotá, the Humanitarian Country Team, the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team and its partners, and a total of 30 national and international Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams, and 21 national and international Emergency Medical Teams (EMT), gathered for the Americas SIMEX 2016, the regional earthquake response exercise, in Bogota, Colombia, from the 26 until the 30 September 2016.

The exercise was hosted by the Government of Colombia through the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (Unidad Nacional de Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres), and jointly organized with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in its capacity as Secretariat of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG), and with dedicated support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

See a visual summary as well as the video of the SIMEX below.