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Disaster Preparedness for disaster risk reduction

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 09/10/2019

Disaster preparedness is important to the reduction of disaster risk. This is the theme emphasized by the National Emergency Management Office – NEMO this week in marking the International Day for Disaster Reduction emphasizing on target D of the Sendai Framework – (d) Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and educational facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030.

NEMO has organised several programs throughout the week to promote this message to the people which includes drawing, logo-design, and video-making competitions. The acting director of NEMO – Moana Kioa says they are hoping that with these programs, the message is emphasized to the people of Tonga especially the school children and youth taking part in the competitions, that preparedness is the key to reducing the disaster risk to the people and country.

Moana says this is also an important message as Tonga moves toward the cyclone season next month until next April, it is always important to stay prepared.

International Day for Disaster Reduction encourages every individual, community and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations.

The UN General Assembly called for the International Day for Disaster Reduction in 1989 as a way to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. That includes disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

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