The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) in collaboration with the United States Embassy has finalized the processes for the National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment (NDPBA) in the region with the Eastern Regional Disaster Management Committee which is chaired by the Eastern Regional Minister, Honorable Seth Kwame Acheampong, on 26th September 2023 at the Conference Hall of the Eastern Regional Coordinating Council, Koforidua.
The assessment team from the Pacific Disaster Centre, United State of America met with the Eastern Regional Disaster Management Committee which have a core objective to supporting the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) in achieving its mandate, to enable them have first hand information on critical needs such as social protection gabs and existing capacities for effective Disaster Risk Reduction efforts against various hazards like earthquakes, flooding, pandemics, disease outbreaks, etc. to enable positive way forward.
Delivering the welcoming note, the Eastern Regional Minister, Honorable Seth Kwame Acheampong thanked the assessment team for their involvement in helping to prepare for and to reduce the disaster risk effectively in the region.
Doctor Joseph Green, Director of Applied Science at the Pacific Disaster Centre noted that their outfit have established partnership with over seventy (70) countries and positive results have been realized in those countries. He added that their outfit will ensure effective disaster risk reduction for sustainable development in the region.
Mr. Trevor Johnson, Senior Disaster Management Specialist at Pacific Disaster Centre stated that the Preparedness Baseline Assessment will help bridged the gaps that could be identified in the process of data collection.
The engagement which was attended by the Regional Disaster Management Committee members and National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) staff identified concerned areas such as shelter locations and capacity (designated for public use temporally), disaster stockpiles, training facilities, equipment, competency, disaster budget source documentation, and socio-economic information.