Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 26 April 2018
The Emergency Management Office of the Government of Cook Islands in partnership with the Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) today launched the Country Preparedness Package (CPP) for the Cook Islands. The CPP is intended to strengthen preparedness and collaboration between national and international actors in disaster preparedness and response.
WHAT IS THE COUNTRY PREPAREDNESS PACKAGE?
Rarotonga is now on Level 3 Water Warning for drought and all residents are requested to cooperate with the Drought Management Plan actions in order to conserve the available water supply. Level 1 is normal and Level 5 is a severe emergency.
We, the Pacific Islands Ministers, gathered in Nadi, Fiji, on 28 October 2015 to deliberate on strengthening climate change resilience through reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH);
• Dengue-like illness recognized in October 2014. Five cases reported, and 3 tested positive for DENV 1 (2) and DENV 3 (1) by ILM, Tahiti. All three positive cases had travel histories to Tahiti and Samoa. No further transmissions of DENV.
• Since November 2014 a total of 16 specimens were sent to ILM Tahiti. Seven (7) came back positive for Chikungunya and the rest negative for either Zika or Dengue. Four of these cases had travel history to Tahiti and Samoa. Three were autochthonous.
The issue highlights Shell cleaning in Manihiki, GIZ – SRIC CC Partnership - The project aims to repair community water tanks to harvest and store rainwater which will provide additional water capacity on each of these islands, 50 days for 50 years cycle/walk initiative - This will encourage our people to adopt a healthy lifestyle, lose weight and save on petrol money whilst at the same time reducing our greenhouse gas emission into the atmosphere to which Cook Islands is the highest emitter in the Pacific per capita, Way to Paris - The upcoming meeting in Paris at the end of this year is …
Mangaia Island Government recognises the significance of this plan in preparing and protecting its people against disasters of any magnitude. The aim is to prioritise the implementation of this plan to safeguard the people of the Cook Islands. Emphasis has been put on safety measures with specific focus on disasters such as cyclones and tsunamis. Global and regional disasters and their devastating consequences is a reminder of the importance of this plan. The goal is to pave the way to accessing the training and resources required to manage disasters
Representatives of the Office of the Global Framework for Climate Services of WMO
Representatives of international organisations
Representatives from National Met and Hydro Services
Ladies and Gentlemen
Thanks for joining us in the Cook Islands on the occasion of this regional consultation – we've tried our best to provide the best possible climate and surroundings for this meeting but as we always say: we're in God's Hands. Whether it's a case of rain or shine, it's always considered a blessing.
The National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Management (DRM NAP) provides a roadmap of how the Cook Islands will go about implementing the strategy of “establishing a coordinated and effective national disaster risk reduction and disaster management system for all hazards” as articulated under Goal 6 of the National Sustainable Development Plan 2007 – 2010. The NSDP is itself a key planning document linked to Te Kaveinga Nui – Living the Cook Islands Vision. A 2020 Challenge.
BE ENACTED by the Parliament of the Cook Islands, assembled in Session, and by the authority of the same as follows:
PART 1 PRELIMINARY
- Short Title and Commencement - This Act may be cited as the Disaster Risk Management Act 2007.
(2) This Act shall come into force on a date to be appointed by the Queen’s Representative, by Order in Executive Council.
The development of this National Disaster Plan, incorporating disaster pre-paredness, response and recovery initiatives is in keeping with the UN resolu-tion, and demonstrates the Cook Islands Government’s commitment to theobjectives of the IDNDR.
The effectiveness of this document will depend on the ability of organisationsand departments to understand its components, and also implement actionsin accordance with the procedures listed and assigned disaster roles andresponsibilities.