BETTER resilience to natural disasters was one of the key focuses of a week-long workshop held in Lautoka by the Ministry of National Planning.
The key objective of the workshop officiated by disaster risk management specialist and trainer Dr Asha Kambon was to train government officials from all line ministries on how to develop a post disaster needs assessment.
Dr Kambon said better resilience and disaster risk management was the result of better reports put together by government departments following a natural disaster.
"Any government would not be too happy with the fact that once a post disaster needs assessment has been put together, the very same thing that happened in that disaster happens again in the next one," she said.
"This is why a detailed and thorough post disaster needs assessment is very important to ensure that recovery, reconstruction is factored into the issue of resilience to the next disasters."
She said the need for improved needs assessment report that focused on financial losses sustained in a natural disaster was also important.
"In past reports, the financial losses wasn't too detailed and that is something that we are trying to improve on.
"For example, when the electricity goes out, what sort of losses are incurred by that, what are commercial losses that this power outage has on businesses and to people who cannot do their jobs?
"So there is more that we can do and more that we can add to these reports that would help us improve our resilience to future disasters."
The workshop ended yesterday.