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Equipment relocation

Avinesh Gopal
Friday, December 13, 2013

THE National Disaster Management Office has relocated certain equipment to four divisional emergency operation centres in order to respond effectively to any disaster.

The move is a result of the minimal presence of equipment at the four centres.

Commissioner Central Laisenia Tuitubou said the equipment would provide a better link to the people in returning to normalcy after a disaster.

Equipment that have been relocated include two 100 KVA diesel generators (West and North) which automatically switches on without disrupting work at the operation centre.

"The generators will allow for continuity of services, especially in the dissemination of information to the public," Mr Tuitubou said in an Information Ministry statement.

Other equipment that will be distributed to the centres include 13 diesel generators, seven 5000-litre water tanks, four rescue aluminium boats with engines including life jackets, four 40-feet storage containers, which can also be used as mobile emergency operation centres and two tents per centre.

"The equipment will assist the EOC (Emergency Operation Centre) in responding to the needs of the public.

"This will also lessen the impact of any natural hazard and at the same time, reduce the risk on lives and properties as well," Mr Tuitubou said.

In addition, DISMAC has also been conducting training and awareness in various communities to assist them in improving response to natural hazards.

The government purchased the equipment for $500,000.