Preparedness in the Pacific Islands

ETC Activated
Date of activation


The World Food Programme (WFP), global lead of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), is actively working on ETC preparedness activities in the Pacific Island region. In September 2015, WFP opened an office in Suva, Fiji, to support emergency preparedness in three sectors - Food Security, Logistics, and Emergency Telecommunications - across the Pacific Islands. On 30 November 2016, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster for the Pacific was officially activated under the structure of the Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT).

In 2016, WFP prioritised the following Pacific Island Countries for national engagement for ETC preparedness: Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu. In 2017, the ETC began expanding its engagement into North Pacific Island countries including the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Palau, Kiribati, and Tuvalu. Today, the ETC offers preparedness services in 14 Pacific Islands Countries, listed above under 'affected countries'.

Read more about ETC Global preparedness here  and find out what ETC preparedness services are offered in the Pacific in the factsheet.


The ETC in the Pacific is part of the Joint Pacific COVID-19 Incident Management Team (IMT) led by the World Health Organization (WHO) Pacific sub-office and has been key in identifying country and sector communication needs as part of this team. The following resources have been developed by or with the ETC in the Pacific to support the COVID-19 response:



There are several preparedness resources available which have been developed for use by the ETC and its partners. These resources include:



Disaster-Emergency Preparedness and Response (D-EPR) for ICT Professionals -- The ETC in the Pacific delivers a D-EPR training course for ICT professionals to support the coordination of humanitarian disasters and ICT emergency response in the region. Topics covered include preparing a National Emergency Telecommunications Plan (NETP), developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), implementing different types of connectivity solutions in disaster scenarios, and participating in simulation exercises. The course is held approximately once a year. Please check the events page for upcoming iterations of the course. 


Services provided
Asset 673
Asset 756
Funding status

All ETC funding in the Pacific is received under the WFP Multi-Country Strategic Plan (MCSP). The budget available to the ETC in the Pacific to carry out preparedness and response activities are kindly supported by the USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) and through multi-lateral pools channeled through WFP HQ.

ETC Contacts
Alexander Thomas
ETC Coordinator
Suva. Fiji
Namrita Chand
Information Management Officer - ETC
Suva, Fiji
Supporting partners