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The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has released a briefing pack that outlines the organisational and coordination structures for disaster risk management in Vanuatu. Included is: national coordination structures; provincial coordination structures; organisational chart; strategic documents; office locations; the cluster system; Government Ministries & Departments; post-disaster funding arrangements; and the post-disaster needs assessment framework. Download a PDF of the briefing pack below. If you have any questions or comments email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A new National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) building for the people of Torba Province was officially opened last Friday. Minister of Climate Change, Ham Lini, led a delegation to Torba on Friday to open the building. The new building accommodates three offices, one server room, one conference room, one storage room, reception space, toilet and bathroom. The total cost of this new facility is Vt25 million and was funded by the European Union through the assistance of the World Bank. The main aim of this project is to increase the resilience of communities in the country.

The creation of the Tsunami Response Plans for Port Vila and Shefa Province will benefit communities to response effectively to any future tsunami warnings. 

The creation of these response plans was put together by the members of the Community Disaster and Climate Change Committees (CDCCC) formed as part of the Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction (MDRR) Project in Vanuatu, which is currently implemented by the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department (VMGD) in partnership with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) on behalf of the Vanuatu Government.

There are 21 CDCCCs for Port Vila Municipality Ward Councils and 28 Committees created within the South Efate Area Councils, which covers Eratap, Erakor, Pango, Ifira, Blacksands and Mele Area Councils under Shefa Province. Over one hundred CDCCC members attended a training workshop last week in Port Vila aimed at building their capacity by knowing their roles and responsibility as CDCCC members within their own communities.

It is a plan that details the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery arrangements in the event of a cyclone impacting on the Republic of Vanuatu. This plan clearly states out the guidelines and information to all responding agencies on what needs to be done in coordinated planning during a cyclone in line with the National Disaster Management Act NO 31 of 2000 and the Disaster Risk Management National Action Plan 2006-2016. 

Vanuatu is the world’s most at risk country for natural hazards, according to a UN University World Risk Index. A proof to that study result is the passage of devastating Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam (TC Pam) in March 2015 where numbers of lessons learned have been raised and discussed amongst humanitarian bodies as recommendations and way forward. 

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