Flood: NEMA activates operational offices nationwide to support states 

The Director General National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mrs Zubaida Umar, has activated all zonal, territorial and operation offices nationwide to work with the States Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) within their areas of responsibilities to carry out rescue operations.

The effort is to enable the offices conduct assessment of the situation in order to be proactive in flood risk management. 

A statement by NEMA Head, Press Unit, Manzo Ezekiel, said NEMA zonal, territorial and operation offices are located in Lagos, Ibadan, Ekiti, Abuja, Minna, Jos, Enugu, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Edo, Uyo, Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Yola and Gombe. 

At the headquarters NEMA also operates a toll-free emergency contact line: 0800CALLNEMA (080022556362) in addition to all its social media platforms through which feedback from members of the public can be received nationwide. 

The statement said the  NEMA search and rescue officers had been deployed across the states and providing the much desired support in coordination of rescue operations with SEMAs and other stakeholders at recently flooded areas and communities.

The rescue efforts by NEMA is in addition to the ongoing sensitisation and awareness activities being carried out to alert the public of the predicted flood for necessary actions to be taken to avert negative impacts.

In furtherance of this effort, Wednesday 3rd July, the DG, Mrs Zubaida Umar was in Anambra state on flood advocacy where she discussed with the deputy governor who represented the governor, religious and community leaders on measures to avert and mitigate against flood in the state which often record severe flooding annually. She has also previously visited several states and stakeholders across the country on the same mission with plans to continue with the advocacy. 

As part of its pre-rainy season flood prevention advocacy, the Agency engaged the media in the placement of flood sensitisation jingles, held emergency coordination forums with critical stakeholders to prepare them for the predicted disaster. 

The agency had soon after the flood prediction written all state governments with the list of local governments that are at risk and outlined actions required to be taken also to avert or mitigate against the disaster. 

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