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Strengthening Disaster Preparedness

The newly refurbished Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in the Western Division will further enhance Fiji’s efforts in building resilient people and also strengthen disaster preparedness and management. Permanent Secretary for
04 Nov 2016 11:00
Strengthening Disaster Preparedness
Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau, SPC’s Chief Geohazard Scientist, Dr Paul Taylor and Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Meleti Bainimarama with staff at the opening of the Nadi District (EOC) yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The newly refurbished Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in the Western Division will further enhance Fiji’s efforts in building resilient people and also strengthen disaster preparedness and management.

Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Meleti Bainimarama yesterday officiated at the opening of the Nadi District (EOC) and the Western Division EOC – Planning Office and Divisional Controller’s Office in Lautoka.

Mr Bainimarama said the new office would ensure Government service was not disrupted during an emergency.

He added the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston in February spoke volumes for the need to be more vigilant.

The refurbishment of the two EOC’s cost $92,236 and has been made possible through the European Union funded ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific)-EU Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific project (BSRP), which is implemented by Pacific Community (SPC).

The refurbishment work in Nadi EOC includes the operations, planning, and communication rooms, the District Officers office and a briefing room.

In Lautoka, it was necessary to refurbish the planning room to fully complement the recently refurbished Divisional EOC.

The Commissioner Central Division Setareki Tale has also been assisted with the purchase of equipment to upgrade the Central Division EOC in Nausori.

EU has also allocated funds for the refurbishment of the Northern and Eastern Divisional EOCs and National EOC.

EU deputy head of delegation for the Pacific, Corrado Pampaloni said: “Resilience is not only recovering and thriving, it is about how to learn from the past to make the future better and how to make your country safer.

“This will help to increase safety of the Fijian people.

“The EU is proud to support this programme to help Fiji and the Pacific to cope with climate change and disasters.’’

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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