MONTSERRAT DISASTER MANAGEMENT COORDINATION AGENCY – DMCA

PREVENTION MITIGATION PREPAREDNESS RESPONSE AND RECOVERY

DMCA OBSERVES INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION TODAY; “QUIZ WEEK”PLANNED TO MARK THE OCCASION STARTING ON MONDAY OCTOBER 14TH, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley

International Day for Disaster Reduction is observed on 13 October annually to raise awareness about disaster reduction.

Although no major activities are planned for this year on Montserrat to mark the occasion as has happened over the past three (3) years, the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) will be having a “Quiz Week” starting Monday, October 14th, 2019 to Friday, October 18th, 2019.

The quizzes which will be posted on DMCA’s Facebook page and aired on ZJB Radio Montserrat are geared at children both at the primary and secondary school levels as well as adults.

The aim is to raise the public's awareness about disaster risk reduction and the steps they can take to reduce their risk from the impact of natural and man-made hazards.

Winners will receive specially designed mugs, t-shirts and pencil cases as well as pencils, pens, erasers and sharpeners for the youth.

DMCA is reminding residents that disaster risk reduction is everyone's business and everybody has a role to play in reducing disaster risk.

According to officials at the DMCA, increasing our resilience to natural hazards will reduce our disaster risk.

Over the past three (3) years, the DMCA put on a “DISASTER RISK REDUCTION EXPO” to mark “International Day for Disaster Reduction. The Expo which brought together entities from both the public and private sector showcased how traditional knowledge complements modern science to assist in building Montserrat’s resilience to natural and manmade hazards.

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) aims to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards like hurricanes, storms, earthquakes, floods, droughts, landslides through an ethic of prevention.

This year, International Day for Disaster Reduction continues as a part of the Sendai Seven campaign which is centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework.

International Day for Disaster Reduction focuses on how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

The theme for International Day for Disaster reduction 2019 is “Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services”.

According to the United Nations, the main aim of the Sendai Framework is substantially to reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and education facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030.”

Therefore, it is important to ensure that schools and hospitals are built in such a way that during earthquake and tsunamis damages incurred should be less. Building codes should be enforced.

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AIR QUALITY IS AT MODERATE LEVELS BUT EXPECTED TO DETERIORATE AGAIN TO UNHEALTHY LEVELS TODAY UNUSUALLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE SUCH AS ACTIVE CHILDREN AND ADULTS, AND PEOPLE WITH RESPIRATORY DISEASE, SUCH AS ASTHMA, SHOULD LIMIT PROLONGED OR HEAVY EXERTION

by Shirlian Queeley
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