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Seasonal Effects on Logistics Capacities

Seasonal Effects on Transport

Transport Type

Time Frame

Comments / Details

Primary Road Transport

From July - Sept

Some flooding may occur to low lying areas. Effects are short term (3-4 days)

Secondary Road Transport

From July - Sept

Some flooding may occur to low lying areas. Effects are short term (3-4 days)

Rail Transport

No

 

Air Transport

No

 

Waterway Transport

Oct- April

Cyclones may occur at this time of year causing rough seas and disruption to interisland shipping

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There are no seasonal periods that cause disruption to transport or storage other than those occasional and relatively rare weather events mentioned in the tables above. 

 

Seasonal Effects on Transport

Transport Type

Time Frame

Comments / Details

Primary Road Transport

From (month) to (month)

REPLACE THIS TEXT with brief comments that specify the: type of economic, social, or climate related seasonal impact; area or region of the country impacted; and other relevant facts.

Secondary Road Transport

  

Rail Transport

  

Air Transport

  

Waterway Transport

  

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Seasonal Effects on Storage and Handling

Activity Type

Time Frame

Comments / Details

Storage

From (month) to (month)

REPLACE THIS TEXT with brief comments that specify the: type of economic, social, or climate related seasonal impact; area or region of the country impacted; and other relevant facts.

Handling

  

July - April

Wet season and running into Cyclone season may cause some problems with low lying storage facilities but generally this is anticipated and goods are moved to storage at higher ground levels

Handling

July - April

As above, avoiding handling some stores in wet conditions can cause minor delays.

Other

  

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There are generally no seasonal bottlenecks.

Capacity and Contacts for In-Country Emergency Response

Government

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The Government is well placed to respond to emergencies and has an on-going program to strengthen the country’s capability.

The Emergency Management Cook Islands (EMCI) is the designated governmental division charged with ensuring the maintenance of the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) plan and all necessary sub-plans for the Cook Islands. It is the coordinating body between other humanitarian actors in the region including the UN agencies (regionally based in Fiji and Somoa), Cook Islands Red Cross Society, the Adventist Disaster Relief Association (ADRA) and  the civil agencies of Police and Infrastructure Cook Islands. EMCI will also coordinate with the NZ and French military and NZ Aid organisation in events that require their assistance.  A cluster system is being finalised whereby specific organisations will take a lead role in key areas such as health, emergency communications, education, protection etc.

It is planned to establish a Cook Islands Civil Defence Organisation by 2023

The declaration of a disaster is the responsibility of the Prime Minister acting upon input from the EMCI, the Police and Meteorological Service At the declaration, the Police Commissioner – as the National Disaster Controller- activates the operation of the National Operations Centre based at Blue Sky, the national telecommunications provider. At this point, all stakeholders and first responders (EMCI, Police, Ministry Of Health, Blue Sky, Red Cross) and other relevant stakeholders and specialists commence response.

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: HQ staff will input a link to section 4.1 Government Contact List here.

Humanitarian Community

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The Cook Islands Red Cross Society (CIRCS) and the Adventist Disaster Relief Association (ADRA) are present and active in the Cook Islands. Both organisations have contingency stocks of disaster relief items stored in country. The UN agencies whilst not permanently represented in country work with the EMCI through their regional offices in Fiji and Samoa on disaster preparedness and relief programs

Red Cross has offices on 9 of the 12 inhabited islands implementingprograms working withcommunities to adapt to climate change and tackling communicable and non-communicable diseases in addition to cyclone relief efforts. They maintain contingency stocks of disaster relief supplies on all of the inhabited islands.ADRA provides disaster relief food and shelter funding through its partners, Red Cross and the UN agencies.

For more information on humanitarian agency contact details, please see the following link: HQ staff will input a link to section 4.2 Humanitarian Agency Contact List here.

 

Further information on Cook Islands Disaster Management and Disaster Preparedness can be accessed at: http://www.emci.gov.ck/  and in Appendix 5.7 UNDP  Cook Islands Country Preparedness Package