The workshop was an attempt to hold each ministry accountable and finally have everyone on the same page to work together in an emergency.
Carlson hoped that the workshop would “get the ball rolling” and serve as a chance to start putting a national plan in place, so that each ministry can decipher how they could look at risk reduction in dealing with each hazard.
The meeting highlighted that the number of possible hazards for the Cook Islands are vast, especially with economic growth, and technological advancements, Carlson said.
“They might not all apply to us [Rarotonga] but nonetheless, we should be prepared in dealing with them.”
“At least identifying each agency will help us work alongside them and develop a national plan.
I don’t expect them to develop their own plan, as it is an area that is very new.
Disaster management and disaster-risk reduction are all concepts that have been introduced in the past couple of years,” says Carlson.
When asked if the work shop had achieved all he had hoped, Carlson said: “This is just the start of it.”
“We have some hazards where it is not quite clear which agency should be leading, these workshops will help us identify who needs help and where,” he added.