DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION DEPARTMENT

Nana Kumi Daffour
Head Of Department

The Disaster Management and Prevention Department shall:

  • (a) assist in planning and implementation of programmes to prevent and/or mitigate disaster in the District within the framework of national policies;
  • (b) facilitate the organization of public disaster education campaign programmes to:
  • (i) create and sustain awareness of hazards of disaster; and
  • (ii) emphasize the role of the individual in the prevention of disaster;
  • (c) assist and facilitate education and training of volunteers;
  • (i) to fight fires including bush fires, or
  • (ii) take measures to manage the after effects of natural disasters;
  • (d) prepare and review district disaster prevention and management plans to prevent or control disasters arising from
  • (i) floods, bush fires, and human settlement fires
  • (ii) outbreak of communicable diseases; and
  • (iii) earthquakes and other natural disasters.
  • (e) facilitate the organization of disaster management exercises annually;
  • (f) ensure compliance with rules in respect of private and public properties to ensure adequate protection against disasters;
  • (g) facilitate the provision of emergency shelters and services in the event of disasters;
  • (h) in consultation and collaboration with appropriate agencies, identify disaster zones and take necessary steps to;
  • (i) educate people within the areas, and
  • (ii) prevent development activities which may give riseto disasters in the area;
  • (i) participate in post disaster assessment to determine the extent of damage and needs of the disaster area;
  • (j) co-ordinate the receiving, management and supervision of the distribution of relief items in the district;
  • (k) investigate reports and analyze the nature of hazards, vulnerability and risk situations;
  • (l) facilitate collection, collation and preservation of data on disasters in the district;
  • (m) inspect and offer technical advice on the importance of fire extinguishers;
  • (n) co-ordinate the organization of Fire Volunteer Squads at the community level; and
  • (0) assist and facilitate rescue and valuation services to those trapped by fire and other emergency situations.