SADC Secretariat through the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Unit convened a Disaster Preparedness Planning Workshop for the 2021/22 season. This workshop was conducted virtually from the 19th to 21st October 2021.
As part of the regional disaster preparedness and response mechanisms, the workshop is conducted annually at the start of the lean season also known as the rainy season. This is part of a coordinated approach to disaster preparedness and response whereby Member States are supported to strengthen their multi-hazard contingency plans based on the seasonal outlook as well as other pertinent factors that have a bearing on disaster preparedness and response.
Specifically, the workshop haimed to:
- Deliberate on the implications of the 2021/22 Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF 25) seasonal rainfall forecast on disaster preparedness and response in the SADC region;
- Review national preparedness and response capacities and gaps in disaster preparedness and response for the 2021/22 season
- Identify required actions of regional and humanitarian actors necessary to fill these gaps in both the immediate (three to six months) and longer term (6 months and more);
- Identify the roles and responsibilities of regional partners (SADC, Regional Inter‐Agency Coordination) to support the SADC region;
- Share experiences, lessons learned and tools for disaster preparedness and response; and
- Explore ways of strengthening partnership between Secretariat, Member States and International Cooperating Partners (ICPs) for effective DRR, preparedness and response.