As part of its International Day of Disaster Reduction observance, held under the theme “Knowledge for life”, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) launched its disaster risk management project in Orealla/ Siparuta on Tuesday.
This project saw youths from the two communities in Region Six being trained in various areas of disaster management.
UNICEF’s Guyana Country Representative, Marianne Flach pointed out that this Community based disaster risk management approach by the CDC can help the country in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “for and by all children everywhere.”
She congratulated the agency for the undertaking, which received support from UNICEF.
Director General of CDC, retired Colonel Chabilall Ramsarup pointed that disaster risk management is important because disasters are unpredictable, and everyone needs to be prepared.
He reported that for this year, approximately 20 million people have already been displaced due to disasters.
Mr Ramsarup stressed that preparation is key in this process as such, he highlighted that there could be an impending disaster in the Region Nine, which could be a possible drought. He added that a team from CDC along with Minister of State Joseph Harmon recently visited the Region and found a grim situation.
He explained that this training programme which targeted Orealla and Siparuta will be carried out countrywide since it aims to train individuals and basically prepare communities for any unexpected natural disasters.
As part of the event, teams from the villages participated in a simulation exercise and demonstrated their talents and skills acquired.
CDC along with UNICEF also handed over protective gears to the teams.
The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) which recently, in its own way, celebrated International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015, is currently in the process of re-strategising, so that it can be more effective in its operation.
During the year, the CDC continued to strengthen national capacity, by networking with a number of other government agencies, such as the Ministry of Social Protection, to ensure disaster plans and policies are updated.Read more...
Georgetown, GINA, July 22, 2015
Heavy rainfalls which resulted in increased water levels in rivers and canals, significantly affecting the daily operations of Regions 3 and 4, led Minister of State Lt. Colonel (retired) Joseph Harmon, to activate the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) on Thursday last (July 16).
Minister Harmon, today at a weekly post-cabinet briefing postulated that the activation of the NEOC, which is an element of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), saw the successful testing of the country’s emergency response procedures.Read more...