25 March 2021 by Remi Johnson
FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has charged residents to prepare ahead of the rains, and avoid environmental practices that could lead to flooding .
Director General FEMA, Alhaji Abass ldriss,who made this known to journalists in Abuja noted that preparedness and sensitization is important towards reducing disaster to the barest minimum in the FCT.
He assurred that FEMA would bring stakeholders together to brainstorm towards identifying gaps to mitigate the impact of flooding.
He explained that NIMET had predicted that the Northern part of the country should expect rains from May and June this year, while the coastal areas expects rain from 1st of March.
He however said the rains would not last long in the year.
The FEMA boss enjoined residents to join hands and complement the efforts of the FCT Administration to prevent flood disasters in the FCT.
He equally advised them to always clear their drainages, ensure proper disposal of refuse, avoid building on flood plains and river banks and driving under the rain.
According to him, community participation by residents in disaster management would bring about greater results.
He said FEMA also mounted reflective flood warning sign posts at flash points to sensitize and warn residents from driving or walking into a running water.
He also advised Agricultural and Extension Officers to sensitize farmers on this and provide for them crops that are suitable for the season to avert food insecurity which could also result to serious disaster.
He also commended FEMA trained Vanguards, Volunteers and Local Divers who proactively respond to emergencies, adding that with their help and that of the traditional rulers, FEMA had been able to sensitize rural communities and reduced severity of disasters tremendously in the FCT.
He therefore appealed to all residents that are in distress to call the Toll Free Emergency Number 112 to report any emergency for prompt response.