Partnership to improve evacuation centres

Participants at a recent CAN DO disaster preparedness workshop in Nadi. Picture: ADRA Fiji

The Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) Fiji is working closely with its Church Agencies Network Disaster Operations (CAN DO) Fiji partners to improve evacuation centres in Fiji through the Safe n Redi Project funded by the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP).

This was done in collaboration with Field Ready, working with selected church sites to conduct mapping and evacuation centre retrofitting.

“In many cases, churches act as evacuation centres during disasters,” CAN DO’s GIS coordinator Katherine Madigibuli said.

“The collected information is shared with CAN DO partners to allow centres to be changed to become user-friendly to people living with disabilities.

“Through our Safe n Redi app, information about these evacuation centres can be accessed by the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) during any disasters for possible use.”

CAN DO partners recently gathered for a week-long pre-cyclone training in Nadi which provided them opportunities to touch base on the NDMO’s priorities and align to the legislations in place to protect and inform all who wished to be involved in preparedness and response work.

Participants also visited selected sites in the West to carry out mapping and retrofitting.

The Safe n Redi Project focused on building church preparedness capacities to complement current geographic information system (GIS) preparedness and response tools within the NDMO.

This would enable lifesaving decision-making with database information from mapping of church properties to be used as potential evacuation centres.

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