The World Food Program (WFP) has concluded a three days capacity training for operational staff and volunteers of the National Disaster Management Agency on the Sierra Leone Incident Management System (SLIMS); the drill will strengthen the capacity of personnel and enhance awareness of the operational terms and disaster preparedness of the Agency.
 The training took place on the 7th to the 9th  December 2021 in  Freetown, Radisson Blu Mamy yoko Hotel.
The training focused on the five (5) critical steps within the Disaster Management Circle of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Encompassing the management phases of all stages in incident management.
The World Food Program in Sierra Leone supported the training to help enhance the capacity of the staff of the NDMA. The WFP Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Specialist, Course Director, Paul Murphy, administered the training.
The WFP Deputy Country Representatives, Yvonne Forsen and the Course Director, Paul Murphy handed deserving certificates to staff for completing the course.
The Chief of Corporate Services, NDMA, Chief Kai Banya, thanked the WFP for supporting the training and said, “These pieces of training are critical in developing the capacity of our staff, volunteers and the output of the Agency.”
NDMA is a little above a year old; the need for staff capacitation is critical, as the Agency aspires to address national incidents. The Agency has recorded immense gains since its launch in 2020.
The NDMA is implementing a Disaster Management Framework that will enable the management of incidents at the national, regional, district and chiefdom levels.
A compliment to this framework will be an integrated approach to the response, which will employ SLIMS to match current and future resources, capacity and capability of the Agency.