The Emergency Management Cook Islands survey team will conduct an exposure survey on all existing buildings in Rarotonga from residential to government and business sectors. SUPPLIED/23011835
Cook Islands is one of the five Pacific Island Countries (PICs) taking part in a regional disaster risk-focused project.
Capacity Building on the Hazard and Exposure Database for Pacific Catastrophe
Risk Assessment Financing Initiative (PCRAFI) aims to provide the PICs with
disaster risk modelling and assessment tools.
also aims to engage in a dialogue with the PICs on integrated financial
solutions for the reduction of their financial vulnerability to natural
disasters and to climate change.
to Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI), the country has taken a proactive
approach to disaster risk financing and insurance (DRFI), with government
said in January 2011, former prime minister Henry Puna in his role as chair of
the National Disaster Risk Management Council requested that the Ministry of
Finance and Economic Management look at ways to become self-reliant in initial
disaster response and generate new income streams for investment in a fund
specifically for disaster management response and recovery.
director John Strickland says the aim of this PCRAFI II is to build the
capacity of country governments to collect and update on exposure data for the
Cook Islands at the national and regional level.
EMCI survey team will conduct an exposure survey on all existing buildings in
Rarotonga from residential to government and business sectors. The survey team
members will not be asking questions about the household personal questions as
this is not a household survey.
adds the survey is focused on buildings only and not on people or asking any
example, we are look at the type of building, whether it is timber or block,
and what type of windows, walls, and roofing.
surveyors will survey all residents, businesses, industrial establishments and
all government establishments within Rarotonga and Aitutaki.”
project commenced on Monday with the aim of completing the survey in two weeks.
All survey members will be wearing an EMCI orange vest with an ID.
data collected will assist EMCI and Government in making risk-informed
decisions for the development and growth of Cook Islands and inform disaster
risk reduction and disaster response activities in the country.
is all part of our preparedness to any disaster in the Cook Islands and we
acknowledge the support of the Pacific Community (SPC) for their support,” said
“Having a baseline data of what we have on the island is critical to the success of our planning and response to any national event.”