Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti on Friday declared that her county was ready to contain any disasters and emergencies linked to the El-Niño rains whose onset in the region is expected in a few days.
Speaking at her White House office in Machakos where she unveiled the county El-Niño multi-agency preparedness plan, Wavinya said the entire county emergency teams have been adequately trained and equipped to offer rescue and evacuation services to residents who may be affected by the effects of heavy rains.
The Governor also revealed that 105 officers have received specialized first responder training in live-saving medical care, emergency operations, and pre-hospital care providers. The training also targeted ambulance drivers, emergency dispatchers, and fire engine operators.
“As a Government, we have taken it upon ourselves to deploy a proactive approach in dealing with the high possibility of extreme weather conditions, which most likely will trigger the need for emergency response,” she said.
“El-Niño is bound to hit our region hard and even cause flooding and landslides in some regions within Machakos. As your Governor, I am committing to do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of all residents and that of their property.”Wavinya added.
To effectively deal with the El-Niño effects, Wavinya said her government had engaged scientists and meteorologists to provide accurate forecasts and early warnings. “Their knowledge and expertise will guide us in understanding the potential risks and impacts of El-Niño in our county,” she said.
The Governor also urged residents to observe and maintain high standards of hygiene to keep waterborne diseases at bay. “Parents should also ensure the safety of their children and particularly warn them against swimming in swollen rivers and flooded areas. Motorists should also avoid approaching overflowing bridges and swollen river crossings,”
Deputy Governor, Francis Mwangangi lauded the Governor for taking a proactive approach in dealing with the expected emergencies. “We laud the Governor for not only showing the way but walking the talk in ensuring our teams are adequately prepared to deal with the challenge of El-Niño, which often comes with devastating effects,” said Mwangangi, pledging full support to the governor.
Various county government departments including Health, Water, Agriculture, Devolution, and Trade exhibited various tools, equipment, and master plans for dealing with emergencies and disasters.