|What is Disaster Management?
Key Performance Areas
Strategic Objectives and Achievements
New Disaster Management Centre for Ehlanzeni District Municipality
|What is Disaster Management
|Disaster can be defined as a crisis that causes a wide spread damage which exceed the community‘s ability to recover.
Procedures and processes to deal with disasters and relief majors need to be planned prior to the event.
Disaster Management is a tool used to prevent, reduce, mitigate and prepare for effective response and post disaster recovery to any disaster risks that may occur or threaten to occur. It requires effective community base strategies which will include programmes and measures to prevent or reduce hazards and their impact, to ensure the preparedness of the community, provide an effective response and provide for the recovery of a community affected by such an incident.
Disaster management is a cross cutting and developmental issue. Risk Reduction will require the involvement of political, technical, participatory and resource mobilisation components of the society.
Ehlanzeni District Municipality is primary responsible for disaster management within its area of jurisdiction. In order to fulfil its primary mandate, Ehlanzeni District Municipality needs to adhere to the National Disaster Management framework, Provincial Disaster Management framework and the Disaster Management Act.
The successes and challenges of the Disaster Management Unit can be measured based on four key performance areas and the enablers.
|Key Performance Areas
|Strategic objectives and Achievements|
Contribute to the compilation and adoption of a credible Integrated Development Plan (IDP)
The unit has in addition budgeted for procurement of an incident command vehicle, recruitment and training of disaster management volunteers. The unit has also drafted the Terms of Reference for risk profiling in all local municipalities. The unit is also assisting Bushbuckridge Local municipality in constructing a satellite centre to a tune of R3m for the 09/10 financial year, in order to facilitate the effective response to incidents.
Strengthen relations with stakeholders
The disaster management unit has budgeted an amount of R650 000.00 to ensure that relations are strengthened with all stakeholders. The first Advisory forum meeting was held during the quarter as part of strengthening relationships with stakeholders
Monitor municipal services
As part of monitoring municipal services, the unit visited all satellite centres to determine the effectiveness and functionality of the disaster management centres. A status quo report has been compiled and presented to the portfolio committee.
Implement performance management
To ensure that all staff is regularly monitored, the unit has broken down the SDBIP into activities, time frame and roles and responsibilities allocated to respective personnel.
Assess the community services function in Local Municipalities
To ensure that Disaster Management Plans are budgeted for, consultation with local municipalities on a GAP analysis is in progress.
More information on disaster management can be accessed by opening our annual disaster reports.
Disaster annual report for 2008 (1.4MB)
You can also access the Disaster Management Framework through this link.
|New Disaster Managment Centre for EDM|
Please feel free contact the disaster management unit for any queries and/or concerns.
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