Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning on Training Session with United Nations

Anton Bredell, Minister for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning for the Western Cape, congratulated the Provincial Disaster Management Center for successfully organizing a four-day training session, which was held from 13 to September 16, at the provincial disaster management centre.

The initiative was jointly organized by the Western Cape Provincial Disaster Management Center (WC: PDMC), the Provincial Training Institute and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

“Disaster preparedness is about training and planning for events that you hope will never happen. This training session, while giving us an international perspective, also focused on the phycological well-being of people on the front lines of disasters and emergencies, and as such was much needed and of great value” , said Bredell.

The training was attended by officials from the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre, Cape Town and District Disaster Management Centers and the National Disaster Management Centre.

Graham Pause, Department Head of the Western Cape Local Government Department, said: “Not all disasters can be prevented and the need to respond to major incidents and disasters has become more common in recent years in the province. It is for this reason that the Western Cape Disaster Management Center places great emphasis on disaster risk reduction and disaster response to ensure that we can effectively mitigate, prevent or respond to any potential disaster.

Colin Deiner, Director of WC: PDMC said the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) is part of the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies. UNDAC is designed to assist the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. UNDAC also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at the national level and/or at the site of the emergency.

“Over the past week, Western Cape Province disaster management staff, along with city and district municipal officials across the province, have received training on how to deal with sudden onset emergencies and on how to work as a team to deal with all aspects of a disaster.. The province faces many disasters each year and this training program exposed the team to disaster management methods and strategies. well-developed that will be included in our own systems,” Deiner said.

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