Press Release

12th SDMOF concludes with recommendations to improve disaster management

02/10/2018

The 12th APEC Senior Disasters Management Officials Forum in Kokopo concluded on Wednesday 25 September with Senior Disaster Officials agreed to report the recommendations to the Concluding Senior Officials Meeting and the Ministerial Meeting to be held in Port Moresby in November 2018.

The 12th APEC Senior Disasters Management Officials Forum in Kokopo concluded on Wednesday 25 September with Senior Disaster Officials agreed to report the recommendations to the Concluding Senior Officials Meeting and the Ministerial Meeting to be held in Port Moresby in November 2018.

During the 12th SDMOF four main sessions were discussed by senior disaster management officials with recommendations under each of the sessions of the forum.

The senior disaster management officials’ forum identified four main considerations to improve the effectiveness of multi – hazards monitoring and warning systems to reduce disaster risk;

1.The Collection and Synthesis of Research, Data and Analysis for Effective Warning, including approaches and experiences with the synthesis of hazard research, monitoring, horizon-scanning, data collection and analysis generation which yield effective seasonal and non-seasonal warnings, including the use of digital technologies.

2.The Communicating the Warning Message, including research and global good practice on communicating an effective and actionable warning messages which leads to timely action to avoid or reduce harm. This may also include effective practices in pre-disaster community-level mobilisation and education to enhance understanding of risks and warning.

3.The Delivery of Warning Message, including approaches and experiences with the use of digital and other technologies to deliver targeted warning messages in time and to the correct locations to enable actions to reduce or avoid harm to at-risk communities while avoiding unnecessary concern to communities not at risk. This includes situations where digital and other new technologies have been successfully integrated or combined with traditional communication methods.

  1. Localizing Warning, including approaches and experiences with localized warning systems where centralized warning systems are not effective due to time, distance and connectivity constraints, including how centralized and localized warning systems can be linked or networked to provide pre-warning synthesized analysis, with attention to digital technologies as appropriate.

The delegates and officials then paid a visit to the Rabaul Volcano Observatory and hot springs and was given a thorough briefing on the eruption and response.