ACMC supports disaster preparedness in Tuvalu

ACMC has worked with Tuvaluan authorities and Australian and New Zealand stakeholders to further build Tuvalu capacity to prepare for and respond to natural disasters.

Tuvalu is particularly at risk from tropical cyclones and associated storm surges and flooding. In recent years, the Pacific Island nation has been impacted by inundation from king/spring tides (Feb 2024), Cyclone Tino (2020) and Cyclone Pam (2015).

Last week, ACMC supported Exercise Longreach in Funafuti, working with the Tuvalu National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), local emergency response agencies and representatives from the Australian Defence Force’s HQ 1 Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

The two-day workshop aimed to enhance local inter-agency coordination and capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters. The seminar included case studies on Cyclones Tino and Pam. ACMC’s Assistant Director Capability, Rob Graham, provided an overview of the principles of civil-military interaction, in the possibility that Tuvalu requests foreign military assistance in a disaster.

ACMC, along with our Australian and New Zealand counterparts also met local NGOs and Civil Society representatives in Funafuti.

To learn more about ACMC’s commitment to strengthening regional disaster preparedness, visit: ACMC Disaster Management Page