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Emergency Centre Opened At Nabouwalu

Adequate preparedness for disasters is everyone’s business, says the Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Meleti Bainimarama. As he opened the new Emergency
10 Oct 2018 10:41
Emergency Centre Opened At Nabouwalu
EU in the Pacific representative Jenny Brown and Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development Permanent Secretary Meleti Bainimarama at the opening on October 8, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

Adequate preparedness for disasters is everyone’s business, says the Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Meleti Bainimarama.

As he opened the new Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) in Nabouwalu on Monday , Mr Bainimarama said every EOC plays an important role at strategic level during an emergency and it is the central command and control centre that is responsible for carrying out the principles of emergency preparedness and emergency management, or disaster management functions.

 

Centre’s purpose

“The common functions of EOCs is to collect, gather and analyse data; make decisions that protect life and property, maintain continuity of the organisation, within the scope of applicable laws; and disseminate those decisions to all concerned agencies and individuals,” Mr Bainimarama said.

He added that the centre was also a home away from home for officials who spent long hours and sleepless nights during emergencies and disasters when they conducted operations and took response actions to alleviate suffering and enable recovery to the affected people.

“This initiative also supports the Sendai Framework Priority 4 which states the “Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction,” Mr Bainimarama said.

He said that the escalation in disaster risk meant there was a need to strengthen disaster preparedness for response, take action in anticipation of events and ensure capacities were in place for effective response and recovery at all levels.

The refurbishment work of the Nabouwalu Emergency Operation Centre includes the Communications Room; District Coordinators Office Customer Service Area and general office costing around $60,910.50.

Meanwhile, according to the Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific Project (BSRP) Revised Annual Work Plan of 2016 – 2017, a total of $440,000 was allocated to refurbish the National Emergency Operations Centre’s in Fiji.

The EOC’s that have been

completed are the:

(i) Lautoka Planning Cell,

(ii) Nadi EOC,

(iii) Tavua EOC and

(iv) equipment and furniture’s for the Central Divisional EOC.

Refurbishment works on three other EOCs in the Central Division have been completed and are awaiting opening and these are the main Central Divisional EOC, Korovou EOC and Vunidawa EOC.

Ten EOC’s will be refurbished under this project and this includes the National Emergency Operation Centre.

Source: DEPTFO News

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