Samoa: World Tsunami Awareness Day marked
The Disaster Management Office through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment continues to raise awareness on tsunamis and community preparedness as the world marked World Tsunami Awareness Day yesterday.
“Therefore, the Disaster Management Office through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment strongly believes and takes into serious consideration the very essence and importance of continuous and effective tsunami education, awareness and preparedness that contributes very much in saving lives of our families and communities via government, non-government bodies and development partners,” the Office stated.
Through the Community-Tsunami Preparedness Activities in Progress (C.D.C.R.M.), which is currently being executed and delivered to the Samoan communities, the Government envisages that it has to be a very ideal, effective and efficient programme to enhance preparedness of Samoa’s communities in the event of any disaster including tsunamis.
The Disaster Management Office said the support of these respective agencies remains a profound and important aspect of the programme, as these agencies will help train village response teams on their roles and responsibilities should any tsunami for instance, happens. It informs communities, builds capacity and raises awareness on tsunami preparedness.
The last component of the programme includes an operational simulation exercise that tests the roles and responsibilities of village response teams, based on the trainings and skills they were trained on.