The Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control cooperated with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to compile and published the Handbook for natural disaster prevention in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic on August 24. This is a preparation against the upcoming seasonal natural disasters like storms and floods, especially under the unpredictability and intensification of natural disasters and complicated development of the corona pandemic.
Regional distribution of natural disasters in Vietnam. Source: “Sổ tay Hướng dẫn Phòng chống thiên tai trong bối cảnh dịch bệnh COVID-19”, Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control and United Nations Children’s Fund, August 2021.
This Handbook prepares necessary and proactive skills for the local steering committee on natural disaster prevention and control to confront natural disasters in different geographical locations in Vietnam.
Specifically, it provides the following information:
– Knowledge of corona pandemic prevention and control
– Proactively acting and coordinating with other local agencies and institutions of disaster prevention to prevent and control disasters
– Proactively integrate information of pandemic prevention into the construction, modification, scenarios, planning, and responses of natural disasters
– Guidance on regular tasks before and after disaster events under the context of pandemic
Sources & further information: “Việt Nam prepares for natural disasters amid COVID-19” at https://vietnamnews.vn and “Ban hành tạm thời Sổ tay hướng dẫn công tác Phòng, chống thiên tai trong bối cảnh dịch bệnh COVID-19” at http://phongchongthientai.mard.gov.vn, accessed on 7 September 2021.