Suva, Fiji, January 28, 2020
European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific Sujiro Seam gifted more than fifty Disaster Preparedness Kits to Fiji’s Infrastructure and Transport, National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Minister Jone Usamate in Suva yesterday (January 27, 2020).
Mr Seam said that Fiji, like other Pacific Island countries, is vulnerable to life-threatening natural disasters, as recently experienced.
“It is anticipated that the frequency and intensity of natural disasters will increase because of climate change. Therefore, it is important that people are well prepared to face natural disasters. The EU is proud to provide the NDMO these disaster preparedness kits, which will definitely boost Fijians’ ability to prepare and protect their families from future natural disaster,’’ he said,
The Kits, valued about $F 11,000 include a solar power bank, water bottle, Mini first-aid, emergency whistle, solar lantern, waterproof raincoat and female hygiene pack in a red dry bag.
Mr Usamate said, “We all know that Fiji has an enduring relationship with the European Union over many years and we are very thankful to European and the European Union for this big assistance. This is an addition to EU’s commitment towards Fiji including the relocation of Tukuraki village, the upgrading of the National Emergency Operations Centre together with the Divisional and the District Emergency Operations Centres around the country.
The EU funded the Building Safety and Resilience Project implemented by the Pacific Community through the EU-ACP Group of States and refurbished nine Emergency Operations Centres across Fiji in 2019, increasing the country’s disaster preparedness and communication abilities before, during and after a disaster.