ALL of Vanuatu has been invited to help celebrate International Disaster Risk Reduction Day tomorrow.
International DRR Day is held across the globe every year on October 13, to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reducing in the risks that they face.
Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) says that as Vanuatu is ranked the most vulnerable country in the world to natural hazards, it has a responsibility to ensure that as a community and as a nation it understands the dangers and how to prepare for them to reduce the negative impacts caused by disasters.
“Tropical Cyclone Pam taught us that although as a nation we are strong, we can be stronger and that every man, women and child can take proactive action to increase their resilience to disasters,” said a spokesman.
“This includes talking with your family and your community about a disaster plan, what will you do and where will you go to be safe during a disaster.”
Celebrations on Thursday in Port Vila will commence at 8.30am with a pubic march from the Anchor Inn to Independence Park, led by the Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF) Band.
The NDMO has invited all government, civil society organisations, businesses, communities and households who were affected by TC Pam to join them in celebrating that they have lived to tell their stories of standing together in the face of disaster.
Following the public march, a day of events and information will be held at Independence Park, including display booths, awareness talks and drama presented by the Rainbow Theatre.
The NDMO’s message to the public on DRR Day – ‘Disasta hemi bisnis blo yumi evriwan!’