Local Government Minister makes Disaster Management Units more accessible
July 14, 2017: Following Tropical Storm Bret and the ongoing torrential rains that have characterized this year’s rainy season, Minister Haji Kazim Hosein has made strides to ensure that the public is able to better access the services available through the Disaster Management Units of the fourteen Municipal Corporations. “People must know where the shelters are, which numbers to call when they need help, and how to get items such as sand bags, mattresses and clean-up kits. We now have a Disaster Management Coordinator (Ag.) at the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, Mr. Rishi Siew, who will be directing the efforts of all disaster management units to ensure that we mount an appropriate response to all crises.”
The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government will be setting up a national hotline number for members of the public who require support from their respective Disaster Management Units. “Local government practitioners are the first responders to any situation, and we are here to serve the burgesses who have elected us to represent them. Making the Disaster Management Units more accessible is just one way of doing that, and yet another step towards bringing local government services closer to the people of our nation.”
The Ministry will also continue to maintain close working relationships with all key stakeholders such as the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), the Ministries of Works and Transport, National Security, Public Utilities, Community Development, Culture and the Arts, and Social Development and Family Services.
The hotline number will be issued to the public next week, and will be managed by the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government to launch the most efficient response in emergency situations.
For further information please contact:
Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government
868-628-5187 ext 3352