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PSC alerts civil servants

Nasik Swami
Thursday, December 13, 2012

THE government has called on civil servants to be on alert and well prepared for any anticipated natural disaster as the country enters into the rainy and cyclone season.

In a circular issued on Tuesday, Public Service Commission permanent secretary Parmesh Chand said it was essential for public servants and their families to be well prepared.

"We are requesting ministries and departments to have in place necessary measures to limit disruptions to services in the event of a natural disaster.

"As such, ministries and departments may consider forming their own disaster management committees that will ensure that normal services will continue to be provided during a natural disaster."

Mr Chand said the committee would be able to provide timely advice to their respective permanent secretaries and the National Disaster Management Office as well as prepare the staff on disaster preparedness, disaster response and disaster recovery.

"The dangers from flooding, cyclones, hurricanes and any other natural phenomena can be limited if there is proper proactive planning in place."

He said everyone needed to take heed of media alerts and be prepared for worst-case scenarios.