US Trains Ghana’s Personnel On How To Manage Earthquake Disaster
Ghana and the United States of America Army (USA) have collaborated to train security and emergency service personnel in earthquake disaster management in the country.
The three-day exercise was done at the Trade Fair Centre, Tema fishing harbor, and other selected earthquake fault lines.
The Interior Minister, Ambrose Derry speak at the event and said any form of earthquake disaster can injure the country’s economy and livelihoods while an exercise like this can be prepared the nation for any emergency.
According to a seismologist from the geological department, Nicholas Opoku said that rainstorms and earthquakes are unpredictable and due to that we need to be prepared adequately to save a life.
The first earthquake disaster recorded in Ghana was some 80 years ago. Meanwhile, the country records earth tremors from time to time, with the most recent at Kpando in the Volta Region last year.
Mr. Opoku added that the least a nation can do is to put in an adequate response mechanism that can easily rescue lives.
The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), in partnership with the US Department of Emergency Services and members of the North Dakota National Guard, undertakes simulation exercises to build the capacity of the country’s emergency services including personnel from the military, police, ambulance, national fire service among others.
Ambrose Derry noted that any earthquake disaster that may touch the country will have devastating consequences on lives and livelihoods with a great economic predicament.
He believes the intervention by the US government to build the capacity of Ghanaian officials is well appreciated.
Leading the members of the North Dakota National Guard, Lt. Col. Mark James McEvers, expressed gratitude to the Ghanaian government for its commitment and support for state agencies to contribute meaningfully during the three-day exercise.
Also the Bilateral Affairs Officer of the US Embassy in Ghana, Major Jarrod Simek noted that the US government committed $600,000 to the simulation exercise.
The Director General of NADMO, Eric Nana Agyeman-Prempeh said the exercise dapped Lignite Coast Preparedness 2022, exercise Shikpon Wosomo was generally successful and Ghana is prepared to implement the skills acquired.