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.
Thanks to the abundance of rain this summer, the water intakes on Rarotonga have been full for a lengthy time compared to previous years.
Cook Islands residents were warned to be on the alert and stay prepared as a tropical depression to the west of Rarotonga began moving southeast yesterday.
The likelihood of a cyclone affecting the Cook Island between now and the end of the cyclone season is low, says the Cook Islands Meteorological Service.
“It’s BEEN pretty hot lately, but there’s no respite in store, with the mercury likely to rise even further during February,” says the Cook Islands Meteorological Service.
COOK ISLANDS Meteorological Services is urging the public to listen out for and heed any weather warnings as we move deeper into the cyclone season.
WITH THE tropical season approaching, Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI) has conducted a table-top exercise for key stakeholders to be prepared for any form of disaster.