Australian Government Pledges AUD50, 000 for Humanitarian Support in Case of Disaster

DisasterresponseteamsarenowinabetterpositiontoprovideemergencyhumanitariansupportimmediatelyafteranaturaldisasterthankstoaMemorandumofUnderstanding(MOU)signedthisafternoonbetweentheFijiRedCrossSociety(FRCS)andtheAustralianGovernment?sFijiCommunityDevelopmentProgram (FCDP). The MOUwas signed at theFCDP officein Suva.

ThroughFCDP,theAustralianGovernmenthascommittedtoatotalofAUD50,000foremergencydisasterreliefthattheFRCScanactivateuponrequestfromtheNationalDisasterManagementOffice (NDMO).

FollowingtheMOUsigning,theAustralianHighCommission’sRegionalDevelopmentActingCounsellorJohnMorleysaidthatthisisareflectionoftheAustralianGovernment?scommitmenttothe peopleof Fiji.

The first48hours after adisaster strikesareoften the most difficult, roads andcommunicationscanbecut,fieldstaffthatareneededtorespondcanthemselvesbeimpactedbythedisaster.Verysoonaftera disasterrespondersneedinformation on what happenedandwheretobe abletobeginreliefoperations,? Mr Morleysaid.

?ThesefundswillallowFijiRedCrossandNDMOtotakethoseimportantfirststepstohelpaffectedcommunitiesand Australiais very pleased tobe abletosupport themboth,? headded.

TheMOUisa12-monthpilotagreementenablingtheAustralianGovernment,throughFCDP,tolaunchhumanitarianactionswiftlyintheeventofamajorweatherevent,channellingthefundsthrough the FRCS to meet immediatehumanitarian needs identified by the NDMO.

?Apartfromprovidingemergencyreliefassistanceintheaftermathofanaturaldisaster,theMOUwillalsoprovidesupporttoFijiRedCrossandtheNDMOforsearchandrescuemissions,administeringurgentmedicalattentionlikemedivacandallowpromptassessmentsandaerialsurveysof theaffected areas,?statedFCDPTeamLeader Michael Brownjohn.

FRCSDirectorGeneralMrFilipeNainocaaddedthatFRCSispleasedtosignthisMOUwiththeAustralianGovernmentand? is? looking? forward? toworkingwithNDMOtoassistthevulnerablepeople intimesof disasters.

InadditiontotheMOU,FCDPwillalsocollaboratewithpartnerCSOs,disasterresponseteamsandthe Australian Governmenttoprovideongoing relief to victims ineventof a naturaldisaster.

ForfurtherinformationpleasecontactFCDP?sCommunications? OfficerSunayna? Nandni: Sunayna_Nandni@fcdpfiji.orgor9306750.

 

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