Government officials from the four divisions around the country along with the National Disaster Management Officials and First Responders have concluded the After Action Review following their operations on Tropical Cyclone Harold.

Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management, Inia Seruiratu challenged first responders to work towards ensuring all development programs initiated by the Government are focused on resilience.

Seruiratu said this will minimize damage and losses in any future disaster.

He said going forward, the focus should also be efficient processes and systems to ensure improvement during future operations as this would result in less time, money and effort used for recovery and rehabilitation, marking a shift from reactive to prevention.

The After Action Review is an important exercise undertaken by divisions after every disaster to ascertain how well existing systems and processes perform during an operation.

The review will assist in identifying what needs to be improved and what has been successful during a disaster operation.

Lessons drawn from the Review include the need to conduct training and refresher trainings for community disaster risk reduction coordinators on their roles and response processes and emergency operations center teams.

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