Special Weather Statement: October 24

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

This is a Special Weather Statement from the National Emergency Management Office in collaboration with the National Weather Service in Koror that due to a tropical storm northeast of Palau, numerous heavy showers, isolated thunderstorm and windier conditions (up to 30MPH) associated with this storm are expected through Wednesday. Wind speed will slightly decrease by Thursday.

Sea conditions could become hazardous with wind waves of 10 to 13 feet developing along West and North facing shores this evening before falling to between 9 to 11 feet on Wednesday.

The public is also reminded to secure any loose items around their residences and to take precaution when driving to and from the Babeldaob area for possible flooding, landslides, and debris.

** THERE ARE NO TYPHOON WATCHES OR WARNING IN EFFECT FOR PALAU AT THIS TIME**

NEMO add the National Weather Service will continue to monitor weather conditions and will update the public accordingly.

Thank you

Singeo Franz
Acting NEMO Coordinator

Click on the following link to download this statement: SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT 10.24.17 (1)

Special Weather Statement: October 17

 SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
9:55 PM

This is a Special Weather Statement UPDATE from the National Emergency Management Office in collaboration with the National Weather Service updating the public that heavy showers, isolated thunderstorms and windier conditions (up to 45MPH) is expected tonight through Wednesday. From Wednesday night to Sunday, wind speeds will slowly decrease as well as showers and thunderstorms.   The center of this storm is currently 250 miles Northwest of Koror, Palau, moving away slowly at about 3MPH as of 8:00PM today.  

 **THERE ARE NO TYPHOON WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR PALAU.**

Sea and Surf conditions are hazardous at this time with a combination of swells and wind waves across Palau.

The public is reminded to secure any loose items around their residences and to take precaution when driving for possible flooding, landslides/mudslides and debris.

NEMO and the National Weather Service will continue to monitor weather conditions and will update the public accordingly.

Thank you.

Waymine Towai
NEMO Coordinator

Click on the following link to download this statement: SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT October 17

Small Craft Warning: October 17

SMALL CRAFT WARNING
October 17, 2017

ENGLISH

DUE TO THE CURRENT WEATHER CONDITIONS AND INCREASING HAZARDOUS SURF, THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE (NEMO) IS ISSUING A SMALL CRAFT WARNING FOR THE ENTIRE REPUBLIC OF PALAU.

WATER CONDITIONS FROM OUTSIDE THE REEF THROUGH ALL EXPOSURES ARE VERY ROUGH AT THIS TIME.

TRAVEL BETWEEN PELELIU AND ANGAUR, KAYANGEL AND OLLEI AND/OR OUTSIDE THE REEFS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED.  SMALL CRAFT WARNING FLAGS HAVE BEEN RAISED AND THE PUBLIC IS REQUESTED TO OBSERVE THIS WARNING.

NEMO WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SURF AND WEATHER CONDITIONS AND INFORM THE PUBLIC ACCORDINGLY.

PALAUAN

SEL DOMES RA TELETELEL A YANGED MA DAOB ER CHELECHAL TAEM ENG KMAL MEKNGIT MALEWAISEI, EA NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE (NEMO) A MO OTEBEDII A SMALL CRAFT WARNING EL KIREL A BELUU ER BELAU EL ROKIR.

A DAOB ER A DELONGELEL A BELILIOU, NGEAUR MA OLLEI, NGCHEYANGEL MA IKREL A ELEMOLL KMAL MEKNGIT ER ELECHAL TAEM.  MALEWAISEI, EA IKEL BANDERANG RA SMALL CRAFT WARNING A MLA MENGERD EL MOR BAB.

A OMERAEL EL MORA IKAL BASIO A MO METEROB LOMUCHEL ER CHELECHAL TAEM EL DI MEREKMO LTOBED A BECHES EL TEKOI.

A NEMO A MELEMOLEM LOMES RA TELETELEL A DAOB MA YANGED E MO OUCHAIS ER A BUAI LOKIU ER TIAL RADIO STATION.

KOM KMAL MESULANG!

NEMO

Click the following link to download this advisory: SMALL CRAFT WARNING-October 17 2017

Special Weather Statement: October 16

Special Weather Statement
October 16, 2017

This is a Special Weather Statement UPDATE from the National Emergency Management Office in collaboration with the National Weather Service informing the public that heavy showers, isolated thunderstorms and windier conditions (up to 35MPH) are forecasted over the next couple of days. This Weather is slowly moving North-West away from Palau possibly by midweek.  The public is reminded to secure any loose items around their residences and to take precaution when driving for possible flooding, landslides/mudslides and debris. Sea conditions may become hazardous with a combination of swells and wind waves across Palau.

**THERE ARE NO TYPHOON WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR PALAU.**

NEMO and the National Weather Service will continue to monitor weather conditions and will update the public accordingly.

Click on the following link to download this statement: SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT October16UPDATE (1)

Small Craft Advisory: October 16

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY
October 16, 2017

ENGLISH

Due to the current weather conditions, the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) is issuing a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY to all boaters in the Republic of Palau traveling to Kayangel, Angaur, Peleliu and outside the reef.  At the same time, the Small Craft Advisory Flags have been raised.

Water conditions in these areas are relatively rough at this time and NEMO requests that ALL sea bound boaters take all precautionary measures and observe all marine safety regulations.

If you are traveling to Angaur, Peleliu, Kayangel or outside the reef and the water conditions are too rough, DO NOT proceed to these areas/destinations.

PALAUAN

Tia subed el loltobed er ngii a National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) el kmo aikel rokui el banderang ra Small Craft Advisory a ulngerd el mora rokui lou bilas ma rou chert. A omerael el mora Angaur, Beliliou, Ngcheangel ma ikrel a elmoll a ngar ngii eng di a bol sal meringel a daob elak bor aikal basio.

A uleklatk a mora buai mar chad lou bilas ma rou chert me bol kerekikl e loltirakl a llechul a bekall era daob melak el uchul el dubech a kerrior.

A obis ra NEMO a melemolem el lomes ra teletelel a daob e chouchais ra buai lokiu tial station.

 

Click on the following link to download this advisory: Small Craft Advisory (October 16, 2017)

The National Emergency Committee: Public Advisory on El Niño Issued on October 13

The National Emergency Committee
October 13, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLIC ADVISORY

The National Emergency Committee (NEC) and the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) hereby inform the General Public that current weather patterns in the Pacific indicate that the possibility of the occurrence of El Nino and drought in the Republic of Palau has reduced from 50% to 40%.

According to the Palau National Weather Service, sea surface temperatures of Palau and the Micronesia region have slightly cooled as compared to warmer temperatures in June, July, and August of 2017.   This slight change in sea surface temperature ultimately reduces the chances of El Nino occurring in Palau. While the possibility of drought now stands at 40%, the National Weather Service will continue to monitor weather patterns and advise the NEC, NEMO, and the General Public accordingly.

The NEC continues to implement voluntary actions of public advisory notices including enhanced water conservation measures, national and state needs assessments and supplies inventory, and maintenance of existing water sources with on-going water supply level monitoring and weather forecasts updates.

Water Conservation is instrumental in addressing any predicted water shortage. The General Public including the public and private sector is urged to practice water conservation by minimizing water use and detecting and repairing water leaks in government property, private businesses and residences.

Click on the following link to download this advisory in PDF: NEC Public Advisory on El Nino October 13_Final

Special Weather Statement: October 13, 2017

Special Weather Statement
Friday, October 13, 2017

This is a Special Weather Statement from the National Emergency Management Office in collaboration with the National Weather Service informing the public that heavy shower, isolated thunderstorms and windy conditions are forecasted for this weekend through early next week.

The public is reminded to take precaution when driving for possible flooding, landslides/mudslides and debris.

Sea conditions may become hazardous with a combination of swells and wind waves across Palau.

**THERE ARE NO TYPHOON WATCHES OR WARNING IN EFFECT FOR PALAU.**

NEMO and the National Weather Service continue to monitor weather conditions and will update the public accordingly.

Click on the following link to download this special weather statement in PDF: Special Weather Statement Friday, October 13, 2017

NEMO Launches Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Training Program

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2017
Office of the Vice President

NEMO Launches Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Training Program

The National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) has launched the first of a series of Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) Training aimed at providing individuals at the community level with the necessary skills and knowledge to assess their communities as well as develop disaster risk reduction measures to enhance their safety and resilience in times of disaster.

In line with the 2016 National Disaster Risk Management Framework’s vision of “Safe, Resilient and Prepared Communities in Palau”, NEMO first launched the training in Meyuns Hamlet of Koror from July 26-28 with plans to expand to other states throughout Palau within the remaining year.

In the three-day training program held at the Youth Center, NEMO introduced tools and strategies to more than 15 participants with the objective of building their capacity to effectively and successfully identify the types of disasters, early warning signs necessary for preparedness in the community level, and to conduct risk analysis of their respective hamlet as well as identify their unique vulnerabilities to natural disasters.

The training course also equips communities with all the necessary tools to formulate their respective community focused disaster risk management action plans for better coordination and communication, preparedness, response and recovery. This Hamlet Action Plan will tie into the State-specific Disaster Risk Management Plans which is directly aligned with the National Disaster Risk Management Framework.

All participants were provided with a copy of the CBDRR Tool Kit developed earlier this year. This toolkit includes terminologies, risk-analysis templates and flow charts of Disaster Risk Management in Palau.

NEMO is committed and prepared to provide continuous technical assistance to communities to further enhance their disaster risk management capabilities.

The next CBDRR Training is scheduled to take place in Melekeok State from August 7th to the 9th, followed by Airai State the week after.

NEMO extends its deepest appreciation to the Koror State Government, the leadership of Meyuns Hamlet and the community members for their partnership, support and participation in this program.

The CBDRR Training is made possible by the European Union’s Project called: Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific.

Click on the provided link to download this press release: PR NEMO_Community BDRR Training_03AUG2017_Final

Public Advisory: Palau Placed on El Niño Watch

PUBLIC ADVISORY
May 17, 2017

The National Emergency Committee (NEC) and The National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) is placing the Republic of Palau under the “EL NINO WATCH” and announce that current weather patterns in the Pacific indicate that the Republic of Palau has a up to a 65% chance of experiencing Severe Drought Conditions to occur in August 2017.

The weather phenomenon, El Nino, is a Pacific weather cycle that creates high sea surface temperatures that bring rain and storms to the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean, opposite of their normal course of coming to the west where Palau is located.

The National Weather Service Office has informed the NEC that global weather monitoring stations indicate a strong possibility that prolonged extreme dry conditions may occur in the Republic of Palau beginning August 2017 with an expected duration of up to 10 months.  Expected dry conditions will be similar to the previous drought Palau experienced in 2016. While the possibility of drought stands at 50% to 65% to date, the National Weather Service Office will continue to monitor any changes and inform the NEC, NEMO and the General Public accordingly.

El Nino brings extreme dry conditions (Drought) with very little scattered rainfall to the Republic of Palau.  The amount of rainfall predicted for Palau between the months of August 2017 and April 2018 will not be sufficient to maintain adequate water levels in Palau’s two main water reservoirs (Ngerimel and Ngerikiil), including main water sources in all other States.

Water Conservation is instrumental in addressing predicted water shortage. The General Public including the private sector is urged to practice water conservation measures by minimizing water use and detect and repair water leaks in government property, private businesses and residences.