Lamu County Government has initiated the construction of the first Emergency Operation Center.
The ground-breaking ceremony was graced by Lamu County Governor Issa Timamy and once complete, the center will host response units that are responsible for promoting efficient organization and coordination of search, rescue operations, disaster and emergency response within rescue region.
The center will act as a resource center to the County government, Red Cross, World Wide Fund, Police among others to enable them operate from a central coordinated place whenever there are hazards and emergencies.
“This disaster rescue center will be a game changer towards responding to emergencies in Lamu. It will enable stakeholders to operate from a designated place thus reducing response time and increased coordination, making emergency and disaster response missions, coordination and operations swift and timely”, said Governor Timamy.
The Governor who was accompanied by his Deputy Raphael Munyua, further noted that many emergency response missions fail because resources and personnel are far apart and that largely affects decision making in times of emergencies.
The coordination center is expected to be complete by end of April this year and is being constructed in partnership with World Wide Fund and Kenya Red Cross.