Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

FSM Disaster Officials Attend FEMA Conference in US

PALIKIR, Pohnpei (FSM Information Service): October 7, 1997 - FSM President Jacob Nena's Special Assistant Josaiah Waguk and FSM Disaster office's secretary Oleen Poll attended a three-day Mitigation Assistance Workshop from September 16th to the 18, 1997.

The first day was devoted to discussions on strategic Plans, Mitigation Planning, and Mitigation councils. The second day was focused on Hazard Mitigation and Risk Assessment, and the third day's discussions was on pre-disaster and post-disaster Mitigation opportunities including education, outreach and training.

Waguk said the workshop was informative and useful. Disasters such as typhoons are becoming common in the FSM. Therefore, there is a great need for the governments and peoples to have plans developed when such disaster strikes. In order to minimize the adverse effects of such events.

FSM National and State Governments must have in place its own Action Plans to put into Action during disaster.

Waguk and Poll took advantage of their trip to visit and meet FEMA officials in Region IX and clarified certain administrative details including the outstanding FEMA projects in the FSM.

Participants included those from the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Marshall Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Federated States of Micronesia.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356