IOM in the North Pacific at a Glance
IOM established its first office in the region in Majuro in May 2009. The opening of the sub-regional Head Office in Pohnpei followed a few months later. The FSM has been a member state since December 2011 and the RMI acceded to membership on 26 November, 2013.
USAID Supports the Training of Emergency Responders
Colonia, Yap FSM – After an intensive workshop held from the 20th to 22nd of February at the Yap Cooperative Association facility in the State of Yap, 24 participants drawn from civil society partners, and state government agencies have completed the Essentials of Humanitarian Assistance (EHA) Training conducted by the Office of Environment and Emergency Management (OEEM), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Micronesia Red Cross Society (MRCS), with the funding support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The training prepared participants to directly assist their communities in the event of a disaster and within existing government response frameworks. The training introduced key humanitarian assistance concepts; outlined the essential aspects of rapid needs and damage assessments; humanitarian relief distributions; and deployment of temporary shelters, water harvesting systems, and other USAID pre-positioned humanitarian relief items. The overall aim of the training was to increase the capacity of the civil society partners that will work alongside, the local Governments, IOM and US Government in preserving lives and dignity of disaster victims.
The training also covered internationally recognized concepts and standards in humanitarian response, including standards relating to Shelter, Water-Sanitation-Hygiene (WASH), and essential Non-Food-Items (NFI). During the training, the participants were afforded the opportunity to gain familiarity with the pre-positioned supplies, and enthusiastically erected a large tent and performed exercises involving the distribution of humanitarian relief items. This training course is also being conducted in Pohnpei State and the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the coming months.