WHAT TO DO INFORMATION

For: HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING


 CAUTION: Continuous heavy rain can cause flash flood, river flood to low lying areas, coastal flooding, landslide, mudslides, and very low visibility and if it goes with strong winds then it can also cause rough seas.

People are advised to take this 'HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING WHAT TO DO INFORMATION' seriously.

FOR VILLAGE LEADERS AND FAMILIES

  • Listen to your radio for emergency information – SIBC, FM, HF radio
  • Inform your neighbours and vulnerable people about the current advice
  • If Flood risk increases, Activate Response Plans and move to Safe Area

FOR PEOPLE LIVING CLOSE TO RIVERS AND AREAS UNDER THE THREAT OF FLOODING

  • Keep together important items like radio, mobile phones, torch, knife, food, water, important papers, and important medicines ready to take with you to Safe Area when evacuating.
  • Store drinking water in sealed bottles as water supply may be interrupted (e.g. Dirty or supply cut off)
  • Do not allow children to play in the rain and on flood rising water or drainage Areas
  • If Flood risk increases, Activate your community and family Response Plans and move to Safe Area

FOR MOTORISTS

  • Take extra care when travelling on wet, slippery and flood roads
  • Beware of water covered roads and bridges
  • Make sure you have your lights on and drive at less than 40km  per hour speed
  • Double the distance you leave between your car and the car in front of you as stopping distance are increased by wet roads
  • Do not attempt to cross flowing rivers and large streams of unknown depth

FOR BOATS AND SHIPPING

  • Mariners are advise to be extra caution when planning or travelling out in the sea
  • Avoid travelling at all if you can
  • When going out in the sea , always inform someone of where about you are going and your expected time of travel
  • Take extra fuel, puddles, life-jackets, torch-light, spare batteries, water and some food when travelling.

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TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CANCELLATION

TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CANCELLATION ISSUED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE AT 9:00AM THIS MORNING ON SATURDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2019.

THE TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING IS NOW CANCELLED, HOWEVER A STRONG WIND WARNING (15 TO 25 KNOTS, REACHING 30 KNOTS AT TIMES) STILL INFORCE OVER MOST WATERS AND LAND AREAS OF SOLOMON ISLANDS.

AT 5:00 AM THIS MORNING, TROPICAL CYCLONE OMA (CATEGORY TWO) WITH A CENTRAL PRESSURE OF 977 HECTOPASCALS WAS LOCATED NEAR 15.4 DEGREES LATITUDE SOUTH AND 164.2 DEGREES LONGITUDE EAST. THIS IS LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 133 NAUTICAL MILES (247KM) WEST OF ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND, VANUATU. THE CYCLONE IS MOVING WEST-SOUTHWEST AT 03 KNOTS AND INTENSIFYING.

EXPECT WINDS OF 15 TO 25 KNOTS (27-46KM/HR) INCREASING TO 30 KNOTS (56KM/HR) AT TIMES OVER MOST WATERS AND LAND AREAS WITH MODERATE TO ROUGH SEAS AND MODERATE SWELLS (2.5M-3.0M). 

EXPECT RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND THUNDERSTORMS OVER MAKIRA, RENNELL/BELLONA, AND TEMOTU PROVINCES. 

THIS IS THE FINAL TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING FOR TROPICAL CYCLONE OMA. PLEASE REFER TO STRONG WIND AND HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS FOR FURTHER UPDATES.

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Emergencies: Dial - 955 (Disaster), 933 (Weather), 977 (Marine), 999 (Police & Fire)

NATIONAL DISASTER COUNCIL COMMITTEES (Revised Part 2 of SI-NDRM Plan 2017)

NDC Committees are responsible for identifying needs in their sphere of activity and developing and allocating work programmes to address these needs. Work programme activities can be allocated at the committee level, a sub-committee or Task Force level, at a sector level or at an agency level.

In each case an accountable agency amongst the Committee members is to be identified with responsibility for implementing the programme activity. 

Annual Committee programmes are to be prepared for approval by the NDC.

Agencies are responsible for funding programme activities allocated to them. Where particular funding is required, submission is to be made through the NDC for Government or external funding to be allocated into the annual budget of the agency.

Committees are to report progress against programmes to the NDC

The following are the specific areas of responsibility of the NDC Committees:

a)    N-DOC - National Disaster Operations Committee

This Committee (to be referred to as N-DOC) is responsible for establishing disaster management arrangements for preparedness and response and for providing for planning at the national, sector, provincial and local levels. It is also responsible for managing the coordination of disaster events and providing support to the provincial and local levels.

Responsibilities include for public awareness and training, early warning arrangements and assessment and response structures for managing disaster events and coordinating available resources to support affected communities.

The structure and functions of the N-DOC and associated preparedness and response arrangements are set out in Part 3 of this Plan. This includes the establishment of the N-DOC Sector Committees, the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) and the role of Disaster Coordinator for disaster events.

This Committee is chaired by the Director of the NDMO.

Particular arrangements for health pandemics and agriculture pests and diseases are the responsibility of the respective lead agency and are set out in their plans. The arrangements set out in Part 3 may be activated, when directed by the NDC, in support of them.

b)    RCC - Recovery Coordination Committee

 This Committee is responsible for establishing arrangements, policies and procedures at the national, sector and provincial level for directing and coordinating recovery and rehabilitation from disaster events.

It is also responsible for managing and coordinating the recovery and rehabilitation planning process following disaster events and for overseeing sector implementation.

Following a disaster this Committee is responsible for developing a recovery funding arrangement for recommendation to Cabinet through the NDC. This is to include re-allocation of sector budgets, international partner and stakeholder support and commitment through national development planning as appropriate.

 Recovery and rehabilitation arrangements are set out in Part 4 of this Plan including the establishment of RCC Committees for coordinating recovery and rehabilitation at the sector and provincial levels.

This Committee is chaired by the PS or US of the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC).

c)    (Proposed) Climate and Risk Resilience (CRR) Committee

This is a related committee to be established under the resilient development framework with responsibility for the promotion of risk resilience and the integrated management of disaster and climate risk. It will have a working relationship with the NDC Committees in a) and b) above.

It has two elements – one for addressing the understanding of hazards and one for addressing risk resilience through the reduction of disaster and climate risks within social and economic development planning and processes including the existing functions of DRR and CCA.

This Committee will be responsible for coordinating the activities of hazards agencies for disaster and climate risk purposes in the Solomon Islands. It will also be responsible for cross-sector coordination of policy development and of the management of programmes for resilient development and disaster and climate risk.

The terms of reference will be set under the resilient development framework and will replace Parts 5 and 6 of the N-DRM Plan 2010. [Note: adjustments to the NDC Act and the proposed Climate Change legislation will be needed to give effect to this arrangement.]