Thursday, September 24, 2015

Helps Mozambique Develop Disaster Contingency Plans

In coordination with Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC), IOM was facilitating the training of 35 government staff as part of a two-day workshop to develop a contingency plan for the upcoming rainy season (December-March).Training participants included members of the Technical Council for Disaster Risk Management (CTGC) and INGC focal points from each of Mozambique’s eleven provinces, whose involvement is part of IOM’s wider capacity-building project supported by the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). 
“Participants are given a practical guide to interpreting long-term weather forecasts, mapping risks, and building a set of potential emergency scenarios. Using these, we can develop action plans which factor in requirements for funding and resources,” said IOM Project Officer Joczabet Guerrero.The government delegates are expected to pass forward these skills upon return to their respective provinces, and then begin to develop provincial and district-level contingency plans. A national plan will follow the consolidation of this work.Trainings focused on the predicted weather patterns for the next six months. Directors from the National Emergency Operations Centre (CENOE), the National Water Department (DNA), and the National Meteorological Institute (INAM) presented research from the South Africa.Regional Climate Outlook Forum – released Friday – highlights the potential upcoming weather risks across the country.The two-day workshop was also attended by other members of the UN Humanitarian Country Team like UNICEF, UN Habitat and the World Health Organization.

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