The Paré pas Paré (‘Ready or not?’) project aims to raise public awareness of natural hazards and climate change in Reunion Island.

In order to deliver a clear and accurate message to locals, PIROI trains volunteers to run outreach stands at public events, and this is why PIROI held two Paré pas Paré facilitator training courses from 10 to 12 May 2019. The first day was spent on revision for current project facilitators, while the next two days were used to train eight new volunteers.

These courses not only ensure that new facilitators trained in Paré pas Paré project facilitation techniques are always available, but they also inform existing facilitators of the latest developments in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), such as improvements to educational kits or response systems.

Over the course of these three days, volunteers not only learnt about the Paré pas Paré project but were also briefed on the Red Cross Movement and PIROI, as well as being given technical insights into natural risks and climate change. PIROI instructors presented them with the Paré pas Paré teaching kit, which includes a new board game: Paré pour l’aventure (‘Ready for adventure’). Games, role-play, and simulation exercises were organised so that volunteers could put their new-found knowledge into practice.

As a direct result of these training courses, volunteers are now able to facilitate Paré pas Paré awareness-raising activities and to spread the appropriate message about risk prevention.