A man charged with excess breath alcohol was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months when he appeared in the Cook Islands High Court on February 23.
Emergency Management Cook Islands is happy with the initial results of a workshop last Friday in which government ministries began to work out their roles during national disasters.
But EMCI director Charles Carlson says it is just the beginning.
Carlson said the workshop should have taken place a long time ago.
EMCI aims to strengthen Cook Islands resilience in the threat of disaster and climate change, in doing so, achieving sustainable livelihoods.
Carlson said EMCI faced the problem that ministries weren’t sure of their role in the event of a disaster.
“They would just pass the buck, throw their hands up and say that’s not our responsibility,” said Carlson.