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Exercise Longreach gets underway to strengthen emergency response capacity

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16th August, 2018 A seven-day exercise aimed to support and strengthen Tonga’s emergency response capacity was opened this morning by the Minister for MEIDECC Hon Poasi Tei at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel.

Dubbed as Exercise Longreach the drill includes a two-day workshop, a table-top exercise at the National Emergency Management Office operation’s room and His Majesty’s Armed Forces headquarters.

Hon Tei said, “Exercise Longreach will focus on supporting Tonga’s preparedness for major emergencies through exercising contingency plans and operating procedures in line with Tonga’s National Emergency Management Plan.”

“It will also test the connections between government, non-government agencies and international partners through Tonga’s emergency response system. These remain our top priorities to ensure state of readiness so we could better response and coordinate emergency situations here in Tonga. ”

He also acknowledged the support from the Australian Defense Force (ADF) and the Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for collaborating with HMAF and NEMO to plan and prepare the exercise.

“I fully support this course, as I understood that this exercise would further contribute to the already high-level interconnectedness and commitment of the Australian Government to support the Tongan Government in preparedness, response and recovery during disasters.”

Hon Tei said that this collective support was experienced throughout the humanitarian response and recovery phase of TC Gita and Tonga is grateful for the continuous contributions from DFAT and ADF.

The exercise is led by the ADF supported by DFAT. Participants include HMAF, NEMO, clusters’ focal points and relevant stakeholders.


Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change & Communications.


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