Editor’s note: Shortly after publication of this story, the US Consulate in Hong Kong first changed and later removed its Web page advising employees to stockpile a 12-week supply of food and water. Nov 7, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US State Department is advising government employees overseas to stockpile enough food and water to last up to 12 weeks in preparation for the threat of a severe influenza pandemic.A Nov 3 statement posted on the Web site of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau said the State Department recently sent guidance on “shelter-in-place” or “self-quarantine” to all diplomatic and consular posts.The statement said that overseas employees, like their stateside counterparts and private citizens, should maintain supplies of food and water for a possible pandemic. The advisory urges families to store nonperishable foods that don’t require refrigeration, preparation, or cooking. Also, families are advised to store 1 gallon of water per person per day.The Hong Kong consulate also advises US citizens in Hong Kong and other countries to prepare for water supply disruptions if infrastructure breakdowns occur during an influenza pandemic.Suggested water purification techniques include boiling for at least 10 minutes and adding specified amounts of regular Clorox bleach.The recommendation that US citizens overseas stockpile 12 weeks’ worth of food and water differs from the current federal recommendation for general pandemic preparedness. The government, on its pandemic planning Web site, recommends that US residents stockpile 2 weeks’ worth of food and water.See also:PandemicFlu.gov article “A guide for individuals and families”http://www.flu.gov/individualfamily/familyguide.html
GCAA’s Chief Air Navigations and Aerodromes Inspector Adrian Bassier and other officials during the inspection– Helideck Inspection Training ongoingThe Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has given the green to Liza Destiny’s helideck following an inspection of the facility before it left Singapore for Guyana.The inspection was done by GCAA’s Chief Air Navigations and Aerodromes Inspector Adrian Bassier in collaboration with the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (Ghana CAA).The inspection in Singapore was done to ensure compliance with Guyana’s Civil Aviation regulations and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) while the vessel was in the shipyard so that any irregularity can be addressed before leaving the port.The collaboration between Guyana and Ghana for this certification process emanated from a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between GCAA and Ghana CAA in December 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya, at the ICAO Air Services Negotiation (ICAN) event.It is a significant indication of words in actions as it testifies to the fruition of bilateral commitments made by the President of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, to H.E. President David Granger, during a State visit to Guyana in June 2019.The MoU between the two civil aviation authorities provides for technical cooperation and sharing of expertise and knowledge in the areas of civil aviation between the two Civil Aviation Authorities.The GCAA, in a release, stated that it is presently building the capacity of its inspectors to address the needs of the emerging Oil and Gas Sector in Guyana by undertaking initiatives which would provide on-the-job training opportunities for its inspectors.Over the years, the GCAA has invested significant financial resources to build the capacity of its inspectors, which enables them to conduct their functions with more efficiency and effectiveness.The inspector from Ghana was delegated by the Director General of the GCAA, Lt Col Egbert Field, to perform the inspection functions on behalf of the Authority. This is a normal practice when a State’s civil aviation authority does not have the requisite capacity to conduct an inspection or certification exercise.The Ghanaian inspector performed this function on behalf of the GCAA so that the requisite licence and certification for the helideck would be issued by the GCAA, the agency that will be responsible for oversight of helidecks on Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels in Guyana’s territory.Prior to this collaboration, Guyana’s relations with Ghana was strengthened in 2018 when the two nations signed Air Services Agreements at the International Civil Aviation Organisation Air Transport Meeting held in Guyana.The Liza Destiny is expected to arrive in Guyana sometime in September. The drill ship was commissioned by the First Lady, Mrs Sandra Granger, in Singapore in June 2019.