CoW to conduct second phase of Community Risk Assement

City of Windhoek (CoW) will be conducting the second phase of Community Risk Assessment (CRA), from 17th September until and 7th December, CoW announced in a media statement on Thursday.

A total number of 2 685 households will be assessed in 179 selected units in formal areas within the ten constituencies in the Windhoek municipal area of jurisdiction, the statement reads.

Informal settlements areas were already covered under phase one and are thus excluded in phase two of the assessment. CRA is a method of collecting information for assessing hazards, vulnerabilities, risks, and the ability to cope, preparing coping strategies, and finally, preparing a risk reduction implementation plan for the local community.

A well-conducted community risk assessment can help build a shared understanding of local risks and possible risk reduction measures. It increases awareness about potential risks that might not be fully understood or about risk conditions believed to be unchangeable, thus creating a resilient city, the statement reads.

An effective community risk assessment will contribute to a greater understanding of the nature and level of risks that vulnerable people faces; where these risks come from; who will be worst affected; what means are available at all levels to reduce the risks and what initiatives can be undertaken to reduce the vulnerability and strengthen the capacities of residents at risk.

The assessment is will provide updated information to help the community better understand their natural hazards and risks, better prepare residents and the City to identify potential disaster situations before they occur, and efficiently apply mitigation strategies in the community to reduce risks, the statement reads.

CoW urges residents to cooperate and render their support during the exercise by allowing enumerators to enter their houses after positively identifying themselves with their City of Windhoek employment cards, national identity cards and uniform.

CoW enumerators that be conducting the exercise will be identifiable by navy blue City of Windhoek-branded Golf-shirts or white round-neck City of Windhoek branded T-shirts, clearly marked with the following text: Community Risk Assessment 2019.

All enumerators will carry their national identity cards and City of Windhoek employment cards.

Source: Namibia Press Agency