The Ministry in Charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA) on this 1st October, 2019 kicked off the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Month themed “Build to last, my responsibility for disaster resilience (Kubaka ibikorwa biramba ni inshingano yanjye mu kubaka ubudahangarwa)”.
During the Press Conference held at the MINEMA Headquarters on 1st October, 2019 as a part of the kick off activities the Minister of MINEMA, Germaine KAMAYIRESE, informed the Media and the general public that the DRR Month has been started aiming at increasing awareness and implementation of Disaster Risk Prevention, reduction and mitigation measures countrywide.
This year’s DRR Month (previously known as DRR week) that will span from the 1st to 31st October, 2019 will be a month-long process to multiply and mobilize all efforts contributing to Disaster risk prevention, reduction and mitigation. It starts ahead of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction celebrated each year on 13th October.
“We cannot stop natural disaster but we can arm ourselves with knowledge on disaster risk reduction, prevent manmade disasters and build to last to increase our resilience” said Germaine Kamayirese Minister of MINEMA during the Press Conference.
During the Disaster risk reduction month, the campaigns will revolve around on reminding the population to improve and implement the disaster prevention and mitigation measures that increase the resilience of exposed communities.
Activities to be implemented during the Disaster risk reduction month include the trainings of different stakeholders contributing to disaster risk reduction, prevention and mitigation, holding campaigns in different districts most prone to disasters, undertaking media campaigns, commissioning community work together with the local population in different districts as well as holding the National Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, prevention and mitigation measures among other planned activities.
At the end of the DRR Month, it is expected that the population will be having typical understanding, knowledge and behavior change on Disaster prevention, reduction and mitigation measures which will enable them to contribute to smooth relocation from high-risk zones, creating and improving drainage systems and enhancing rainwater-harvesting systems among other activities to list but few.