Bougainville prepares for emergency
27 November, 2018, 10:15 pm
BUKA, 27 NOVEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – Bougainville disaster management officials and first-respondent NGOs have completed a course on standard operating procedures in the event of a tsunami evacuation.
The crash course held last week was organised by the regional disaster office in partnership with UNDP and was funded by Australia’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Department.
“Standard operating procedures are a key tool in early warning and the initial response to disasters,” UNDP technical specialist Khusrav Sharifov said.
“To be effective, SOPs need to be clear, concise and reflect actual warning or disaster response requirements.”
Bougainville’s diaster office said the use of SOPs was to strengthen local disaster risk management capacities enhance response strategies.
Representatives from around the region were taught the purpose, content and use of a SOP, how to develop one, and prepare an emergency evacuation strategy in the case of a tsunami alert or volcanic eruption.
The training was followed by community awareness on SOPs at Sohano and a drill.
“The tsunami evacuation drill is a project that has been going on in PNG for the last three years,” Mr Sharifov said.
“Bougainville is one of five pilot provinces.”
He said a 2017 hazard risk assessment identified tsunamis as a potential hazard for Bougainville, and Sohano was identified as a vulnerable location.
“The drill helps the people understand how to react to tsunamis in case there is a warning,” Sharifov said.
He said they prepared the course together with the National Disaster Centre, the Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards Management and other stakeholders.
Sharifov said participants from around Bougainville attended the training.