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Disaster Risk Management program to strengthen partnership between stakeholders

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14th September, 2020 The Governor of Vava’u and Chairman of the Vava’u District Emergency Management Committee (DEMC) Lord Fakatulolo officially opened a six-day Disaster Risk Management program for Vava’u held at Fakamelino Hall on Thursday last week.

This program was designed for different participants to attend each day starting with members of the DEMC (OICs from different government ministries and key partners from private sectors and NGOs) to revisit the structure of emergency management in Tonga, the cluster system, how it works and how we can effectively apply in the Vava’u situation, look at District Emergency Management Plan, the roles and functions of DEMC as well as the Initial Damage Assessment (IDA).

The overall objective of this program is to prepare DEMC and all key stakeholders for the upcoming cyclone season commencing in November but also strengthened working relationships with all key players in emergency.

Lord Fakatulolo in his opening remarks emphasised, that this training is timely as cyclone season looms in and it is essential for Vava’u District Emergency Management Committee to be prepared at all times and maintain its state of readiness to respond to any disaster event including and not limiting to the global pandemic of COVID-19.

The training continued with local government on Friday to review the Village Emergency Management Plans and to validate the response arrangement of various communities and strengthened ties and working relationships between district, town officers the District Emergency Management Committee, NEMO and MEIDECC team to work together and better respond should there be an emergency situation in Vava’u.

The remaining program include conducting a tsunami drill (simulation exercise) to test the communities emergency management plans, disaster awareness program and outreach to various schools including Liviela government primary school and community visits to the outer island.

Three staff from NEMO headquarter office in Nuku’alofa join Vava’u’s MEIDECC Officer in Charge, Ms Lucy Fa’anunu and NEMO Vava’u Senior Assistant Secretary, Mr. Mafi Penisoni in facilitating this six-day DRM program for Vava’u.

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Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications – Vava’u.