International day for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) has been marked with a call on all stakeholders to make preparedness and alertness their focus.
Northern Regional Co-ordinator of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Abdullah Hindu, who made the call said his outfit, has through the support of the Swiss Red Cross, developed a DRR strategy framework (2014), that is aiding activities at the grassroots towards building resilience and also mobilizing community efforts in the fight against climate change.
The UN General Assembly has set aside October 13 each year as International disaster risk reduction day (DRR), to promote a global culture of reducing risks during disasters.
The celebration takes place at a time that Ghana, particularly the national capital, Accra and the Northern parts of the country are experiencing severe flooding that has taken lives, created homelessness as well as destroyed properties running into several thousands of cedis.
This year’s focus of the Disaster Risk Reduction, targets one of the seven pillars of the Shangia framework that seeks to substantially increase the number of countries with national and local DRR strategies by 2020.
According to the Regional NADMO Co-ordinator, Abdullah Hindu, the partnership with the Ghana Red Cross and the Swiss Red Cross through interactions, education and sensitization activities on the ground are helping in mobilizing communities become resilient.