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IOM Boosts Community Disaster Preparedness and Adaptation in Ebeye

 

The students and teaching staff of Seventh Day Adventist School undergoing the emergency response drill.From September 14 - 21, 2012, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) deployed to Ebeye, Marshall Islands to provide emergency training through the Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Education (CADRE) Program. IOM is managing and implementing this Program on behalf of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The aim of the CADRE Program is to build the resilience of vulnerable communities in north Pacific to hazards and assist them in adapt to climate change. 

Ms. Canita Rilometo Swigert assessing the building of Ebeye Calvary SchoolIn addition, IOM conducted school shelter capacity assessments to evaluate how capable a school is of serving as an evacuation center at the time a disaster strikes. Mid week, IOM conducted a combined program sensitization and awareness raising session with school and community members at Father Hacker High School; specifically targeted for the community in Gugeegue. Over 40 community members attended this session during which they had the opportunity to gain awareness on climate change and disaster risk.The IOM team travelled to Ebeye and Gugeegue to achieve several objectives, among which included a baseline survey in five of the communities, measuring knowledge, attitudes and practices related to climate change and hazard preparedness. IOM conducted a sensitization session with community members on the CADRE Program, implemented the first Emergency First Response Training and also assisted the Seventh Day Adventist School in an emergency evacuation exercise.

Mr. Rick Herman demonstrating the proper way of performing  CPR to the Emergency First Response training participants.

IOM conducted a one-day Emergency First Response training – which includes Primary and Secondary Care Course at Leroij Kitlang Memorial Hospital on Thursday, September 20 for 15 members of the community and school representatives. IOM was able to certify the majority of the participants as Emergency First Responders. The schools and communities expressed a lot of interest in IOM returning to conduct additional trainings on evacuation, First Aid and CPR and awareness raising on hazards and climate change. The assistance of the KALGov was highly useful in enabling IOM’s work.

Through the generous support of AusAID, the communities of Ebeye and Gugeegue have received the first phase of training on climate change and disaster preparedness, which will contribute to their overall resilience to future hazards and emergency situations, in general, as well as their adaptive abilities to climate change.

For further inquiries contact:
The International Organization for Migration
(691) 320 – 8735/95
IOM Micronesia website: http://micronesia.iom.int/

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