Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Pat Conroy MP, visited the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) on Wednesday 28 June to formally hand over humanitarian emergency relief supplies.
As extreme weather events grow in frequency and intensity, strong partnerships and the right equipment to support rapid response efforts are essential.
These supplies, requested by Palau, include lighting towers, generators, chainsaws, pole pruners and safety equipment that can be used by crisis responders to clear debris from roads and property after a natural disaster.
The supplies complement Australia’s agreement with the Government of Palau to preposition funds to cover costs associated with the setup of evacuation centres immediately prior to a major weather system event, as well as damage assessments as quickly as possible after.
“Australia recognises that climate change is the single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and wellbeing of the peoples of the Pacific,” Minister Conroy said.
“We are working in partnership with Palau on climate action and mitigation and are pleased to support Palau’s response to natural disasters and resilience to severe weather events.”
For more information, please contact the Australian Embassy, Palau on 488-4628 or email@example.com.