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New N.E.O.C. office taking shape in Tuanaimato

The new $6.4 million state-of-the-art National Emergency Operations Centre (N.E.O.C.) building in Tuanaimato is taking shape and in its final stage of construction.

The two-storey building at the back of the Red Cross headquarter was initially planned for dedication in April this year. 

But its official opening has now been pushed back to late this month, confirmed the contractor Zheng Construction General Manager, Peizheng Wang. 

Mr. Wang said most of the materials for the building is from New Zealand and Australia but has not arrived due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. 

Currently, N.E.O.C. is operating from its makeshift office at the Samoa Post building in Matafele. 

Mr. Wang sad construction works has been in progress for more than 14 months, since the groundbreaking in February last year. 

At the groundbreaking last year, it was announced the building is going to advance the country's response to disaster by providing tools for coordinated actions prior to and during a disaster. 

The new facility will house the latest technology and equipment to assist the Disaster Management Office (D.M.O.) and Meteorology Division to produce accurate information for the public in times of disaster. 

According to a press release from M.N.R.E., the new office is designed to have sufficient space and equipment for effective coordination and response in case of a disaster. 

“It will help increase the resilience of Samoa and the Pacific region as a whole to natural hazards such as cyclones, coastal/riverine flooding, volcanoes, tsunamis and earthquakes by improving the quality of forecasting and warning services.”

N.E.O.C. is a component of the Pacific Resilience Program (P.R.E.P.) funded by the World Bank through a Grant implemented by D.M.O. through the M.N.R.E.  

The building is constructed by Zheng Construction and designed by Kramer Ausenco (Samoa) Ltd, who will also supervise the construction works. 

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