45 com­plete CDC dam­age as­sess­ment course

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

A to­tal of 45 per­sons on Fri­day com­pleted an Ini­tial Dam­age As­sess­ment course con­ducted by the Civil De­fence Com­mis­sion (CDC) in as­so­ci­a­tion with the United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment’s Of­fice of U.S. For­eign Dis­as­ter As­sis­tance (USAID/OFDA).

The course, which was held at the CDC’s Thomas Lands head­quar­ters from April 10th to April 13th, saw par­tic­i­pa­tion from re­gions Two, Three, Four, Five and Six.

Given the fact that Guyana is sus­cep­ti­ble to both nat­u­ral and man­made haz­ards that can im­pact so­ci­ety, and as a re­sult the gov­ern­ment, through the CDC, is seek­ing to en­sure that cit­i­zens in all 10 re­gions are equipped with the rel­e­vant knowl­edge and skills to im­pact de­ci­sion mak­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Lieu­tenant Colonel Kester Craig, who is the act­ing head of the CDC, the Re­gional Dis­as­ter Risk Man­age­ment Sys­tem is be­ing im­ple­mented in all re­gions and Com­mu­ni­ty­Based Dis­as­ter Risk Man­age­ment at the com­mu­nity level in an ef­fort to de­cen­tralise dis­as­ter risk man­age­ment and en­hance dis­as­ter re­sponse at all lev­els.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the new­ly­trained re­gional of­fi­cials and vol­un­teers, who were pre­sented with cer­tifi­cates on Fri­day, would now form the Re­gional Rapid As­sess­ment Teams, which will be re­quired to con­duct as­sess­ments im­me­di­ately af­ter haz­ards to de­ter­mine the dam­age and in­form the ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse.

Clive Lorde, USAID/OFDA Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Spe­cial­ist, who spoke at the con­clu­sion of the course, noted that it pro­vided the par­tic­i­pants with tools as well as time­frames and the def­i­ni­tions of the dif­fer­ent lev­els of dam­age.

The pro­gramme he stated falls un­der the Re­gional Grass As­sis­tance pro­gram.

Lorde noted that of the 45 per­sons trained, there will be a min­i­mum of 12 to 16 per­sons who would be se­lected to at­tend the “Train­ing for In­struc­tors Course,” which he de­scribed as be­ing far more in­tense. Once this course is com­pleted, those se­lected par­tic­i­pants who pass will move on to the “hand off” course, where they would have to teach the course to Lorde and other fa­cil­i­ta­tors, to de­ter­mine if they are equipped to teach the course to oth­ers in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Lorde stated that he looks for­ward to con­tin­ual works with the CDC and the trainees to en­hance the work in Guyana. Some of the par­tic­i­pants of the Ini­tial Dam­age As­sess­ment Course, which was held at the Civil De­fence Com­mis­sion head­quar­ters.

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