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NEMA Organizes Workshop on Community Involvement and Resilient Building During and After Flood Disaster

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NEMA Organizes Workshop on Community Involvement and Resilient Building During and After Flood Disaster
NEMA organized a one-day workshop on community involvement and resilient building during and after flood disasters. The workshop aimed to educate stakeholders on the importance of community participation and collaboration in disaster management, particularly in flood-prone areas. The event was well-received by participants, who pledged to share the knowledge gained with their respective communities.

The National Emergency management Agency (NEMA) North Central Zonal office in Jos recently hosted a one-day workshop focused on community involvement and resilient building during and after flood disasters. The workshop was organized to address the increasing risk of floods in certain local government areas within the North Central states of Nigeria, as revealed by the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) and the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET).

The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Eugene Nyelong, the North Central Zonal Coordinator of NEMA. In his opening remarks, Nyelong emphasized the need for collaborative efforts in mitigating the effect of floods, as they are natural disasters that can cause significant loss of life and property destruction. He stressed that community participation forms the bedrock of resilience and effective response to such disasters.

Nyelong highlighted the importance of community members, local authorities, and other stakeholders actively engaging and collaborating during floods. By harnessing the collective expertise, resources, and ideas within the community, he emphasized the potential for not only addressing immediate needs but also working towards long-term solutions.

One key aspect of community participation discussed during the workshop centered around the creation of a comprehensive emergency response plan. Such a plan involves all relevant stakeholders and clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities of each party, enabling efficient coordination and communication. By ensuring optimized resource allocation and timely assistance, the community would be better equipped to effectively respond to flood incidents.

The workshop featured presentations from various experts in disaster management. Madey Elukpo from the National Emergency Management Agency delivered a talk on "The Role of Community Participation in Disaster Management During Floods." Dr. Leonard Bombom from the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Jos spoke about "Understanding Flood Disasters: Preparedness, Response, Mitigation, and Recovery."

Participants commended NEMA for organizing the insightful and relevant workshop. They expressed gratitude and promised to share the knowledge gained with their respective communities. The workshop brought together traditional rulers, armed forces, police, civil defense, the Federal Road Safety Commission, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the Red Cross, and community leaders from various areas.

The workshop, held at the Community and Social Development Agency in Mayfield, Jos, served as a valuable platform to foster collaboration and strengthen the resilience of communities against the devastating impacts of floods. Through increased community involvement and resilient building practices, Nigeria can better prepare for and respond to flood disasters.

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