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FEMA HARPS ON IMPORTANCE OF EMERGENCY EXITS

The FCT Emergency Management Agency,(FEMA), has appealed to owners of public and private facilities in the Territory not to barricade emergency exits within their establishments.The Director General of FEMA,Alhaji Abbas G Idriss made the call at a workshop on developing a disability inclusive disaster preparedness and response plan organised by Survive Fistula Healthcare Foundation in collaboration with Christoffel Blinden in Abuja.Idriss emphasized that there must be a clear marked area for exit in the event of an emergency.The FEMA boss further urged Nigerians to imbibe and develop the culture of safety,noting that this is the only way to ensure our safety.”You must learn to ask questions, if you are in a public building where the emergency exits are and alternative way for People With Disability (PWD).He frowned at a situation where commercial motorists carry two persons in the passenger seat of their vehicles, stressing that it was against the culture of safety.He noted that, while either natural or human induced disasters have become daily occurrences in the society, it is possible to mitigate the impact of disasters through imbibing the culture of public safety.He assured on the Agency’s commitment to include persons with disabilities in Its emergency response plans.Idriss urged communities in the FCT to develop early warning signs peculiar to their environments to ensure disaster risk reduction.The FEMA boss added that the Agency would always accord priority to the evacuation of children, women ,the aged and persons with disabilities in an emergency situation.

Nkechi Isa
Head,Public Affairs.

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