Erongo prepares to fight disasters

23 Feb 2015 19:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 23 FEB (NAMPA) – The Erongo Regional Council on Monday commenced disaster and risk management training here.
The two-day training session was attended by 22 officials from the regional council, traditional authorities, politicians, fire fighters, police and the defence force, paramedics and community representatives.
The training takes place under the theme ‘Act to Save Lives,’ and focuses on floods, drought, veld and urban fires as well as diseases.
Disaster Field Coordinator and trainer in the Erongo Region, Joseph Ngenzi said during his presentation that the main objective is to distribute information on how to avoid and fight disasters.
Another aim is to make sure communities clearly understand the possible risks and disasters facing them, so that they can collectively prepare to stop them.
“We will also make sure that those who are attending the workshops will be trainers of those who could not come. So when they go back to their communities they pass on the message of safety,” said Ngenzi.
After Swakopmund, Ngenzi and his team of about five trainers will proceed to Usakos on 26 February, Walvis Bay on 04 March, Henties Bay on 18 March and the Arandis on 26 March.