Disaster Prevention & Management Department

Mr. Albert Akanpirige

Head, Disaster Prevention & Management Department

Disaster Prevention & Management Department

The Disaster Prevention & Management Department shall:

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