U.S. Government Promotes Disaster Resilience of Small Samoan Businesses

Participants of the Disaster Resilience training program

APIA, SAMOA – TUESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2018: The United States Government and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, today launched a training program that will help businesses in Samoa better prepare for natural disasters.

The training is part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Ready project, which is strengthening the environmental and disaster resilience of Pacific Island Countries.

Around 30 participants from small and medium-sized local businesses participated in the one-day training that informed participants about the importance of business continuity planning, the role of first responders, and recovery after disasters. They also learned about government services and disaster management plans.  These measures not only help businesses better prepare for disasters, but also position them to effectively contribute to recovery efforts. Subsequent training events will also be held in Aleipata and Savaii.

USAID’s five-year Ready project strengthens the capacity of governments and institutions to develop and implement effective environmental and disaster mitigation policies and strategies.

Ready works in 11 Pacific Island countries that include Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

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