Government of Cook Islands launch Country Preparedness Package with Pacific Humanitarian Team

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Relief Web 26th April 2018

Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 26 April 2018

The Emergency Management Office of the Government of Cook Islands in partnership with the Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) today launched the Country Preparedness Package (CPP) for the Cook Islands. The CPP is intended to strengthen preparedness and collaboration between national and international actors in disaster preparedness and response.

“Cook Islands is prone to natural disasters and is also vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The finalization of the CPP ensures that we are better prepared for future disasters and will act as a useful, living and reference document for both national and international actors that will guide better preparedness and response”, said Bredina Drollet, Chief of Staff, Prime Minister’s office.

The CPP for the Cook Islands, has been developed with the support of the United Nations Development Program, Disaster Resilience in the Pacific (RESPAC) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) on behalf of the PHT.

The development process included a one-week in country consultation and bilateral meetings conducted with all key stakeholders involved in disaster preparedness and response. This was followed by the ongoing gathering of information from all key partners including feedback and reviews and with the endorsement of the Emergency Management Office that led to the finalization of the CPP.

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