Photo: the US Embassy
Center to help coastal regions adequately respond when disaster strikes.
The US Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms. Susan Sutton, and representatives from the Ninh Thuan Provincial People’s Committee on March 1 officially opened a Disaster Management Coordination Center that will enhance Vietnam’s capacity to respond to natural disasters and will aid vulnerable populations when disasters strike.
Through the close cooperation and support between the US Embassy, the US Pacific Command, and the People’s Committee of the south-central province, the new center will help provincial authorities direct evacuations of people from vulnerable homes, stockpile emergency relief supplies, and respond to storms by deploying and communicating with first responders in the hardest-hit areas. The center will also serve as a shelter from which coordinators and workers can effectively manage and coordinate relief efforts.
“While we cannot control Mother Nature, the US and Vietnam are working together to better predict, prepare, respond to, and recover from natural disasters,” Ms. Sutton said during the ribbon cutting ceremony. “The center is testament to our commitment to help the people of Ninh Thuan.”
The center is one of a series of disaster coordination centers and shelters that the US and Vietnam are building together as part of a concerted effort to strengthen Vietnam’s response and resilience to disasters along its coastal regions.
“We are proud to cooperate with the people of Ninh Thuan and we will continue to support the Vietnamese Government’s disaster relief efforts,” Ms. Sutton went on. “By pulling resources together to properly prepare, by focusing operations on highly vulnerable areas, and by coordinating through centers like this one, we can prevent loss of life and help affected communities recover much more quickly and completely from the devastating effects of natural disasters.”
Since 2009, the US Government, through the Overseas Humanitarian Disaster Assistance and Civic Action Program, has spent over $23 million in constructing management coordination centers like this one, as well as dual-use disaster shelters, schools, clinics, and bridges in many towns and villages throughout Vietnam.