National Disaster Management Office, Honiara, Solomon Islands
October 13th 2017
“Home Safe Home” Successful Event for IDDRR
Honiara City Disaster Management Office, its partners and the general public celebrated International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction at the Town Council Grounds. Students from King George School and many members from the general pubic and partner organisations attended to make this day memorable and spread the key messages from this years’ “Home Safe Home” target theme.
Keynote speakers reflected on Solomon Islands past experiences of natural disasters, lessons learnt and goals and plans for our safe future. Stalls provided further information that people could take home to their families.
During the Deputy Mayor’s speech everyone stood for one-mintue silence to pay tribute to the homes and lives that were lost during the April 2014 flash floods.
The PS MECDM reminded us all that the question of: “are our homes safe in a disaster?” is everyone’s responsibility.
The UN representative emphasized the importance and contribution to safeguarding our young people and their family’s future that the schools initiative makes. This is through the targeted learning activities and implementation of disaster management plans and awareness.
The UN representative also highlighted the role that the Sendai Seven Targets will play in focusing efforts of disaster risk reduction by reflecting on experiences of her childhood growing up in a high disaster risk area in Japan.
Participants from the Team Central Disaster Drama group entertained and educated us all on some of the main hazards both natural and manmade as well us some strategies and goals to plan for a safer future. This was a great performance and really had everyone laughing and listening hard. As we prepare for another cyclone season, we need to remember that natural and other disasters can happen at any time and to always be prepared.
The Honiara City Disaster Management Office and its partners wish to thank the public for this support and engagement in this program and to encourage everyone to take warnings seriously, take note of forecasts and act appropriately during severe weather events.
Natural hazards alone do not make disasters. Like our PS mentioned today, other key contributing factors contribute. We therefore all play our part an important role in helping keep our families, our communities and us safe and informed during extreme weather events.
If students wish to collect additional information for their studies they are encouraged to come see our research team at NDMO located in the blue building near Barak in Ranadi.
You can visit our website www.ndmo.gov.sb for further updates and information.