Preparedness in the Pacific Islands
The World Food Programme (WFP), global lead of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), is actively working on ETC preparedness activities in the Pacific Island region. In September 2015, WFP opened an office in Suva, Fiji, to support emergency preparedness in three sectors - Food Security, Logistics, and Emergency Telecommunications - across the Pacific Islands. On 30 November 2016, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster for the Pacific was officially activated under the structure of the Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT).
In 2016, WFP prioritised the following Pacific Island Countries for national engagement for ETC preparedness: Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. WFP is working to expand its engagement into North Pacific Island countries such as the Marshall Islands (RMI), Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Palau, Kiribati, and Tuvalu.
The Pacific ETC preparedness project is receiving funding support from the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). The Pacific ETC also acknowledges support received from ETC standby partner, MSB.
The Pacific ETC preparedness project is funded by US/OFDA for activities in 2017 and 2018. MSB is also providing standby partner support to the Pacific ETC. Additional funding is sought for other activities and supporters are encouraged to get in touch.