Technology Improves Emergency Operations
NDMO held a workshop at the Ministry of Climate Change Adaptation with the purpose of reviewing Tropical Cyclone Donna operations and producing a report with recommendations for responding to future events.
The workshop was attended by 20 stakeholders including Humanitarian partners and the Department of Strategic Planning, Policy & Aid Coordination.
Despite the various issues caused by TC Donna including damage to water, food and lack of standard Evacuation centres, TC Donna was one of the first cyclones in which communication was at its best.
Senior Climate Change and Disaster Management officer, Alice Iarem, who assisted in facilitating the Information and Communication Working Group during the TC Donna Lessons Learnt workshop was very particularly impressed with the speed in which the TORBA Community Disaster Committee (CDC) responded during the cyclone. She credits the training of the CDC and use of High Frequency (HF) radios for the strong communication.
The participants recommended that the government look into installing additional HF radios across the islands of Vanuatu which proved to be a very reliable asset during TC Donna.
NDMO in support with the Vanuatu Government Information Technology Unit and SPC will be installing HF radios in 28 sites over 6 provinces, beginning end of this year.
Photo: (From left to right) Sanma Provincial Disaster Officer, Peter Korisa - Disaster Operations Manager and Norma - Environment Officer standing on Sanma selected site
By NDMO, Ministry of Climate Change