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Safe Shelter a Major Factor in Ongoing Disaster Risk Reduction

A two-day workshop on Safe Shelter During Disasters is being facilitated by the International Organization for Migration in Lae.

This is to increase the resilience of rural communities and prepare them against future severe weather conditions.

The program is focused on 13 provinces with the partnership between IOM, USAID and PNG Disaster Centre.

The workshop is a safe shelter training, focused on promoting the construction and having a safe shelter during disasters.

With the settlement approach, the International Organization for Migration, in partnership with the United States Government, are coming up with ways to enhance human settlement by maintaining safe shelter in disaster-affected communities.

With an analysis of the climate communities live in, IOM had identified that shelter is one of the most impacted aspects of the community’s livelihood.

Minimising risks associated with shelter is the drive of this program.

This team of participants will travel to Salamaua in Morobe on Thursday this week, after the training, to train the community builders on principals of shelter construction.

Architectural design is one of the principles for the communities to be trained on, when constructing the type of safe shelter for disaster risk reduction.

The Department of Works Assistant Secretary for Architecture and Building who was invited to participate in the workshop, said the country’s regulations must be a concern during construction of shelters.


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