County department of Special Programmes, led by Madam Ruth Odinga, on Monday received a satellite application for disaster risk recovery systems worth Ksh. 500million that will Enhance co-ordination, command and control of disaster response at local, regional and national level.
The satellite system was donated to the department after the SatDRR company undertook a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) capacity development programme embedded in capability and knowledge to improve County officials’ capacity to effectively plan for and respond to disasters using satellite technology.
The system provides a secure, resilient, always-on infrastructure in disaster situations – providing critical tools for emergency communications and situation assessment.
Madam Ruth Odinga reiterated that the system will be useful for detection of early warnings, early actions and even better evacuation centers on higher grounds.
The County Assembly Speaker, Hon. Elisha Oraro on his part, lauded the initiative saying the system will be key in GIS planning, monitoring and communication. He added that the trained staff should be retained for consistency and conservation of the institution’s memory.
Speaking while receiving the satellite system at the Acacia premier Hotel, the Deputy Governor. Dr Mathew Owili, thanked the development partners for the good gesture and that the satellite system will enhance quick response to disaster when disasters struck the County.
Apart from Kisumu County, the project is also being implemented in Nairobi, Kilifi and Baringo Counties by a group of companies namely: Torchlight, Airbus, Global Radio data Communications, UK Space Agency, Avanti Communications and the Kenya Red Cross.
Also present during the event were MCAs: Hon. David Arao of Railways ward, Hon. Maurice Ngeta from Awasi /Onjiko ward, Mr. Brian Edwards from GRC, Mr. Charles Kamau from Avanti, County Head of GIS, Mr. Tom Ogolla among other top County Officials.