The Society’s Disaster Management Coordinator Mata Hetland will be travelling to the tiny northern group island of Nassau to conduct a number of humanitarian activities focused on disaster preparedness and response.
Nassau is one of the most remote islands of the Cook Islands and the Red Cross National Society is taking the opportunity to reach the island.
“It’s one of our hard to reach islands and Red Cross hasn’t visited the island since Cyclone Percy (2005) and this is our opportunity to go,” says Hetland.
Hetland will be travelling with Red Cross volunteer Donald Tua who will be concentrating on the roof tie-down project.
The pair will be taking the materials they will need for the project, which will see up to 15 homes on the isolated island tied-tied down with galvanised steel wires secured to concrete footings.
The project is part of the disaster preparedness activities run under the Cook Islands Red Cross Society’s disaster management programme.
As well as rolling out and implementing the roof tie-down project on Nassau, Hetland will also run First Aid courses, run a hand-washing and tooth-brushing programme at the school and also prepare Nassau Red Cross Branch members to be able to respond in times of disaster and know the important roles they play.
As Red Cross is an auxiliary (support agent) to the government and through its partnership with Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI), Mata Hetland will also conduct the review of the Nassau Disaster Risk Management Plan.
This week the Red Cross team and delegates from Pukapuka and Nassau have been ironing out the plans and programme for the humanitarian activities and in particular how each can help the other in achieving the Cook Islands Red Cross Society’s vision of building a resilient Cook Islands through the power of humanity.