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NEMO team visits ‘Eua

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 27/02/2020

A team from the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO)’s visited ‘Eua this week objectives to conduct assessment of evacuation centres; Emergency Response Management Training for District Officers and Town Officers; District Emergency Management Committee meeting to discuss emergency response management system and procedure in the district; District Emergency Management Capacity and Needs Assessment and; conduct School Disaster Risk Awareness Training.

In a press release on the government portal is states the team worked together with the Tonga Meteorological Services staff and also NEMO Focal point in ‘Eua, Siale Tahaafe, to conduct survey/assessment of 7 evacuation centres. The assessment gathered information on the physical condition of evacuation centres- whether the structure is safe to use as evacuation centres, whether the structure is disability, children and gender friendly or not. This information will be used to frame the support to improve the condition of evacuation centres when there is funding available.

The team organised Emergency Response Management training to District and Town Officers. The training mainly covered the introduction of Initial Damage Assessment (IDA)’ and trained participants on conducting the ‘Assessment’ in case of emergency. The team also carried out Disaster Risk Management (DRM) capacity and need assessment during the day. District Emergency Management Committee convened on Wednesday to discuss functions and operation of DEMC in the district which will add in to develop the ‘Capacity Development Plan’ for the district.

NEMO team are continuing assessment of remaining evacuation centres and also visiting some schools to train school teachers and students on Disaster Awareness.

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