Early warning critical in air disaster – NiMET.
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.