KOLONIA, Yap—As part of ongoing improvements to disaster response in the Federated States of Micronesia, emergency operations center management training has commenced in Yap state this week.
The EOC training, supported by the European Union’s Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific Project, and implemented in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, is a capacity building initiative to improve the response to natural disasters such as Typhoon Maysak that devastated the country in early 2015.
Yap State disaster coordinating officer Maria Laaw stated that Typhoon Maysak exposed a number of areas that needed strengthening, one of which is the emergency operations center management.
At present, there is no standard operating procedure to assist in the management of the emergency operation center, which posed a great challenge during Typhoon Maysak response operations.
The training was facilitated by two regional trainers provided by the Fiji government and SPC.
Follow-up support will be carried out on the development of an EOC Standard Operating Procedure that will encompass the training contents and will be available to be used in response to future emergencies.
The training will conclude on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, with a simulation exercise.
The emergency operation center management training will also be conducted in Chuuk State on Oct. 12-16, 2015. (SPC)