Project: Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies in Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu
Budget – $469,792
Length – 1.5 years
Vanuatu, Tonga and Fiji are particularly vulnerable to natural hazards including; cyclones, flooding and landslides, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. A major contributing factor to this vulnerability is the isolation and geographic remoteness of islands and villages, limited infrastructure and few resources to respond rapidly to a disaster situation. The economic cost of disasters in these smaller Pacific Island Countries spread over a large area has a big impact on what the government can do for the people. This isolation presents challenges for rapid and effective response to disasters, underlining the need to further develop local capacity.
ADRA in action
ADRA is joining with 6 other New Zealand organisations and over 20 local organisations in Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu to update plans and to participate in Simulation Exercises (SimEx) in each country. This will test the training and the readiness of National Operation Centres and communities to deal with disasters. All of the learning and experiences will be shared to give everyone involved; from families, school children, rescue services, hospitals, churches and community groups, police and security forces and government department personnel a chance to be better prepared if a disaster strikes. “This exercise is very unique for us – to have someone come to us to do training and actually learn from what it would be like in a real disaster. This is the first time we have been able to take part in something like this with so many other people and different organisations involved” – Female community participant in Navatulevu Village, Nadi District, Fiji
This project is a part of the NZ Government match scheme in which ADRA contribute 20% for projects in the South Pacific. To help ADRA with this contribution please click on the donate button below.