Early warn­ing crit­i­cal in air dis­as­ter – NiMET.

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Chris Agabi

The avail­abil­ity of timely and ac­cu­rate early warn­ing in­for­ma­tion about im­pend­ing se­vere weather phe­nom­ena has been de­scribed as the first and crit­i­cal step in mit­i­gat­ing air and other dis­as­ters.

The Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of the Nige­rian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency (NiMet), Dr. An­thony Anu­forom made this dec­la­ra­tion in a key­note at a con­fer­ence on “Re­duc­ing Cli­mate Change Vul­ner­a­bil­ity in Africa: the Role of Science, En­gi­neer­ing Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion (SETI)” at the 6th Re­gional Con­fer­ence of Vice Chan­cel­lors, Provosts, Deans of Science, En­gi­neer­ing & Tech­nol­ogy (COVIDSET 2015) held in Enugu.

A state­ment quoted Anu­forom to have stated at the con­fer­ence that Africa is the most vul­ner­a­ble con­ti­nent to the im­pacts of cli­mate change, em­pha­siz­ing that early warn­ing is an es­sen­tial part of emer­gency pre­pared­ness.

He said, “Early warn­ing is an es­sen­tial part of all emer­gency pre­pared­ness, in­clud­ing weath­er­re­lated air mishaps.

“It en­ables rel­e­vant agen­cies, com­mu­ni­ties and in­di­vid­u­als at risk to plan and ex­e­cute nec­es­sary pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures such as evac­u­a­tion of peo­ple at risk be­fore the oc­cur­rence of a se­vere weather event, thereby re­duc­ing ex­po­sure to haz­ards,” he said.

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