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NDMO emergency communications system report to improve operations

An assessment report of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) Emergency Communications System was handed over to the Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu. The assessment was conducted by the World Food Programme (WFP), representing the NDMO Telecommunications Cluster. Michael Fletcher from the Emergency Telecommunications team of WFP […]

DEPTFO

May 13, 2016 11:50 am

An assessment report of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) Emergency Communications System was handed over to the Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu.

Minister Seruiratu receives communication assessment reports and donation of laptops from the World Food Program. (DEPFTO)
Minister Seruiratu receives communication assessment reports and donation of laptops from the World Food Program. (DEPFTO)

The assessment was conducted by the World Food Programme (WFP), representing the NDMO Telecommunications Cluster.

Michael Fletcher from the Emergency Telecommunications team of WFP said the assessment was focused on the radio systems and early warning siren system.

Hon. Seruiratu in receiving the report said a robust emergency communications system is vital to ensure a coordinated response in disaster situations.

SERUIRATU: “Having an emergency communications system in place is critical for emergency services, including the NDMO to conduct its operations efficiently. Without communication, you can’t command.”

Minister Seruiratu and Officials of the World Food Program and Fijian Government. (DEPFTO)
Minister Seruiratu and Officials of the World Food Program and Fijian Government. (DEPFTO)

The report stated that a radio network shared between Fijian emergency services, with a common emergency channel that could be used during disaster events, would be a major asset to the country by improving coordination between first responders.

The report presented a summary of the current situation and also made some recommendations to improve the current emergency communications of the NDMO as a whole.

Meanwhile, the WFP also handed over 8 new laptops to Minister Seruiratu to assist the Ministry in carrying out its duties in rural development and disaster management.

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