Government, Higher Life, sign MOU on disaster preparedness and management

By Patience Nyagato

Government has partnered Higher Life Foundation towards construction of an integrated national emergency operation centre to minimise the impact of disasters in future.

The partnership was sealed Monday through a memorandum of understanding worth more than ZWL$1,2 million between the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works and Higher Life Foundation for the construction of a disaster and risk management operation centre.

The facility is meant to better prepare the country for future human-induced and natural disasters.

“As a foundation we are committed towards the realisation of the vision 2030 and this national multi-hazard emergency operation centre where we have seeded a catalyst investment of between 1,2 to 1,5 million is meant to make sure that we won’t be surprised by disasters. It is meant to safeguard the life of Zimbabweans,” said Higher Life Foundation CEO, Dr Kennedy Mubaiwa.

Local Government and Public Works Deputy Minister Marian Chombo unpacked some of the key features of the facility that will be built out of this public private partnership.

“The purpose of the facility is to minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters through coordination planning, information sharing and resource management among stakeholders.

“I am delighted to inform you that the key features of the facility include electronic observation control boards, national surveillance system for monitoring traffic and man-made hazards, satellite monitoring for natural hazards, data management room and a national call centre in the event of disasters.”

The disaster and risk management operation centre deal comes at a time the country has in recent years been affected natural disasters including Cyclone Eline, Cyclone Dineo, Cyclone Idai and the current Covid-19 pandemic.

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