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Internet boost for DISMAC

Sheenal Sharma And Sharita Sharma
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DISMAC has received free internet connection from Unwired in the bid to improve on disaster preparedness for the cyclone season.

DISMAC director Pajiliai Dobui said one difficulty they faced during emergencies was getting the information from the affected areas within 48 hours.

Mr Dobui said international donors only allowed 48 to72 hours of a disaster in order for them to get the information they required to provide whatever assistance was needed.

"We have only those few hours to provide the information otherwise we miss the assistance that they normally provide," he said.

He said with this gift provided by Digicel, DISMAC would now be able to meet the 48-hour deadline.

"We should get assistance from donors for those that need assistance in the remote areas immediately," he said.

Mr Dobui said "our systems in the communities should be targeted as possible to meet whatever the people need during disasters".

"That will depend very much on the information we receive from them on what their needs are, what kind of aid and how much of it is needed."

He said normally, it took days and weeks to get the information from the people.

"Free internet service should assist us very well in terms of assisting these people immediately and with the kind of things they really require," he said.

As the country is into its cyclone season Mr Dobui said the public needed to be wary of the weather as Christmas drew near.

"For this year, we have been told that there is less likelihood of floods but a high likelihood of cyclones," he said. "We hope people will take this seriously and make wise choice.

"They are better judges of the situation they are in, they know what the strengths of their homes are."

Mr Dobui said people were also becoming more cautious and this was a positive development.

"The better prepared they are the easier it is for us to assist them," he added.





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