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OPM gives the copy of National Risk & Vulnerability Atlas to Apac leaders
By Bongonyinge Felix
The Officials from the Office of the Prime Minister visited Apac District Local Government to disseminate the highlights on Risk Management on the National Risk and Vulnerability Atlas in Uganda and hand copies over to the District Officials in a meeting which took palce at the Planning Unit Boardroom, Apac District Headquarters.
The Atlas was developed to guide decision makers, implementers and the general public with valuable information about disaster in the Country, give highlights on the Geography of Uganda, hazards, vulnerability, losses, risk reduction measures in different parts of the Country with major hazards identified are; drought, floods, hailstorms, lightening, landslides, windstorms and earthquakes.
Ogwang Jimmy who led the delegation to the District advised the Officials to activate physicality of the District Disaster Risk Management Committee and should coordinate right from grassroots for proper update of information on Disaster Risks at the District.
“The DDMC structure should coordinate disaster information right from Community level since members of a particular community should give clear information about the disaster risks in their localities,” he said.
Ogwang also advised the District Officials to design a District Disaster Development Plan to help in understanding disaster risk and strengthening disaster risk governance.
Mr. Mugisha Sam, Manager Uganda Red Cross Society Apac branch advised the stakeholders to prioritize and invest in disaster preparedness than response.
Ms. Janet Odongo, the Principal Assistant Secretary for CAO informed the house that the District will organize a meeting with Development Partners and lock heads together to develop a Disaster Development Plan for Apac.
She urged the DDMC members to up their socks and be more active than before, ask the team from OPM to leave their contacts for consultation during the design of the DDP.
The copy of the Atlas was handed over to the Principal Assistant Secretary for the District.