In early May, ACMC Assistant Director, Preparedness, Damian Eaton, provided facilitator support for the Solomon Islands National Emergency Response Team (NERT) Induction Course in Honiara. NERT is a rapid deployment capability established by the Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) as part of the National Disaster Management Plan 2018. NERT forms part of the National Emergency Operations Centre and supports disaster assessments and coordination by providing trained personnel capable of deploying to disaster areas at short notice.
The SI NERT is the first capability of its kind to be established by an NDMO in the Pacific. Thirty participants from Government Ministries, Non-Government Organisations and the Private Sector received training in key aspects of multi-sector coordination during the NERT Induction Course.
Damian was a syndicate facilitator during the course and delivered a session on Civil-Military Coordination with Mr Greg St. Pierre from the US Centre for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. Damian also provided an overview and hardcopies of the recently published Same Space – Different Mandates publication.
ACMC support to the SI NERT Induction Course follows on from support provided to Exercise LONGREACH in Honiara in November 2022 and reinforces the strong relationship between ACMC and the SI NDMO. ACMC is planning to return to Honiara later this year as part of Exercise COAST WATCHERS to support interagency preparations for the Pacific Games in November 2023.