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Kiwis help Caribbean's disaster planning

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/06/2017

Kiwi experts in earthquake and disaster management are set to this month pass on tips to Caribbean nations.

The GNS Science experts will present at a New Zealand-funded, two-day workshop to be held in Barbados with 35 people from Caribbean disaster management agencies expected to attend.

"Like the Pacific, the Caribbean is largely made up of small island states, vulnerable to natural disasters," Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee said on Thursday.

"New Zealand knows that having the right people with the right skills in place before an event happens is essential to responding to it effectively, and this is what we will be sharing with the Caribbean."

He said the workshop will talk about which mix of skills and experience the Caribbean agencies will need in order to manage disasters.

"[The] participants will prepare practical plans based on their countries' specific needs," Mr Brownlee said.

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