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Media Release

National Disaster Council, Honiara, Solomon Islands

October 9, 2017

 

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction Event

 

This week we will celebrate International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on Friday 13th of October at the Town Council Grounds near Vavaya Ridge bus stop between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

 

National Disaster Council recognizes that preparing for a disaster continues to be a challenge. Geo-hazard disasters such as earthquakes can happen at any time and leading up to the cyclone season we again need to remind ourselves to be responsible for our own safety, our families and our communities. This is not easy, however Solomon Islands MET service and National Disaster will continue to provide the public with the needed warnings and advice. You can visit our website www.ndmo.gov.sb for further updates and information.

 

The Solomon Islands has a population of 600, 000, of which our capital Honiara, with its dense population and over-stretched services are threatened by different natural disasters including: flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis and drought. These and other severe weather events continue to impact our lives and communities but there are many things that we can do to make ourselves safer and stronger. We believe that our children and younger generations play an important role here as messengers and leaders.

 

Leading up to International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, Honiara City Disaster Management Office and its partners, have joined together to present a Disaster preparedness program, “Home Safe Home”, to the many schools in the Honiara District. Many schools have already been visited today and the teams will continue to present to remaining schools until Thursday.

 

The purpose of this program is to:

  • Educate students on hazards and impacts of natural disasters
  • Educate students on ways to stay safe during a disaster
  • Help students to understand and use national forecast and warnings services like NDMO and MET
  • Encourage students to ask questions to understand warnings and what they can do to prepare
  • Encourage students to feel responsible and empowered that they too play a critical role disaster preparedness

The Town Council Grounds and schools events will provide information on how we can work together to build safer and stronger communities. All public are welcome and encouraged to attend to see how we can all make our families more ready to stay safe during a disaster and not be burdened by as much damage to property and other things.

 

If students wish to collect additional information for their studies they are encouraged to come see our research team at NDMO located in the blue building near Barak in Ranadi.

 

Regular updates will be provided to our main media sources, especially through SIBC and the Dis Taem Nao program.

 

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