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Niue To Include Fire, Drought In National Disaster Plan
No formal preparation for fire- or drought-related disasters

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 5, 2012) – The Disaster Management council in Niue is seeking to include drought and fire-risk preparations into the National Disaster plan.

Niue is still on high fire alert after suffering months of drought, and people are still being asked to not light any unnecessary fires.

As a result the Disaster Management council has been looking into asking the government to implement a full fire ban on the island.

However the council head, Richard Hipa, says currently there is nothing formally in place for drought and fire disaster management.

"We have plans for cyclones, tsunami preparation, etc. but we don’t have the fire or drought situation in the disaster plan. So the drought will go hand in hand with fire watch, leading to a total fire ban, but before we can execute that we need to get cabinets approval, that’s what we’re working on at the moment."

Richard Hipa says they’d be looking to implement a similar system for drought and fires, as they have in place for the cyclone alert system.

It will be at least two weeks before the paper is put before cabinet for approval.

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