11 July 2018

Namibia: Hardap Council Raising Awareness On Disaster Risk Management

The Hardap Regional Council under the disaster risk management unit started a visual education roadshow within the region to raise awareness and educate schoolchildren and communities on how to deal with dangerous incidents.

The programme started on 2 July at Maltahöhe, and continued on 3 July at Gibeon, but it was redirected to incorporate the regional land consultative discussions which started on 9 July.

One of the facilitators of the programme, Elsie Petha-Kariseb, on Monday told Nampa that the initiative was started as per the Disaster Risk Management Act No. 10 of 2012, sub-section 15, which is to provide for the establishment of institutions for disaster risk management in Namibia. It is also to provide for an integrated and coordinated disaster management approach, focusing on preventing or reducing the risk of disasters, mitigating the severity of disasters, emergency preparedness, rapid and effective response to disasters, and post-disaster recovery.

"We are screening videos in different languages at schools, especially for higher grades and [the] community, teaching all about natural disasters such as fires, droughts and floods commonly found in Namibia, and what their impacts are on humans, services, food and livelihoods, and the environment," Petha-Kariseb explained.

"We focus mainly on four stages of disasters, being prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Risk management activities include risk mapping, rapid assessment, early warning systems, identifying key actors, and establishing emergency contacts and plans for preparedness."

The programme is expected to be held at Aranos today and Stampriet tomorrow, and Hoachanas on Friday, alongside the consultative discussions on land. The Rehoboth Urban East meeting is scheduled for 14 July, while the Rehoboth Urban West meeting is scheduled for the following day. Other sessions will take place on 16 July at Klein Aub and Schlip, followed by Kalkrand and Maltahöhe on 17 and 18 July, respectively.

The Kriess and Gibeon sessions will be held on 19 July, and Mariental on 20 July.

- Nampa

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