Flood: NEMA Trains 100 Volunteers On Disaster Management

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The National Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA), North-Central zone has trained over 100 Grassroots Emergency Volunteer Corps (GEVC) on disaster management and risk reduction.
Muhammed Abdulsalam, the North-Central zonal coordinator of NEMA, in an address at the training exercise recently in Lafia, said participants were drawn from flood-prone communities in Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau.
Abdulsalam said the workshop was aimed at raising the consciousness of the people on proactive disaster management and risk reduction through community collaboration for an effective disaster prevention, mitigation and coordination among members of vulnerable communities.
He commended the volunteers for choosing to contribute their quota in saving lives, adding that volunteerism is an integral part of disaster management as disaster affects all and should be everybody’s business.
He pointed out that the since disasters occur in communities, the volunteers would serve as first responders to victims and as the link between the communities and disaster management agencies, hence the need for adequate training.
“It is my belief that the training will inform and prepare volunteers about disaster prevention, mitigation and response to ensure a disaster resilient society, “ Abdulsalam said.
He, therefore, stressed the need for all Nigerians to be adequately prepared for and mitigate effects of disaster when it occurs.
The training featured paper presentations on disaster management; Basic First Aid; Casualty handling in Emergency amongst others.
It will be recalled that in 2012, several communities in across states within the North-Central zone witnessed severe flooding with devastating effects.