Scott calls for long term planning in disaster management

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Vice President Guy Scott has launched the five years (2014-2018) strategic plan for the Zambia Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZVAC).

Speaking during the launch, Dr Scott said the vulnerability assessment initiated by ZVAC is essential in programming for humanitarian assistance to deal with disasters induced by climate change.

Dr Scott said this today in Lusaka in a speech read for him by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Greyford Monde.

The Vice President said the change in climate requires that the ZVAC shifts its planning of activities from the short term to the Five year long term.

He noted that the long term planning will enable the committee to respond rapidly to national disasters such as floods and drought.

Dr Scott implored the ZVAC to consider incorporating climate change and adaptation in its Vulnerability assessment and analysis work.

And speaking earlier at the same function, Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit National Coordinator Patrick Kangwa said the launch of the Five year strategic plan of the vulnerability assessment will greatly assist in determining appropriate emergency interventions during crisises.

Mr Kangwa further explained that the vulnerability assessment plan will provide quick response in communities threatened by food insecurity.

He said the strategic plan is crucial in determining the extent of the severity of disasters induced by crop failure, animal epidemics and water borne diseases in the country.

Mr Kangwa has since implored other organizations to support the plan and ensure it serves the Zambian people.