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Benedict Mukoo

Director Disaster Management

Moses Nawoton

Deputy Director-Disaster Management

Overview

The Directorate of Disaster Management is responsible for the coordination, implementation and monitoring of Disaster Risk Management Programmes in the County.  It undertakes effective and efficient interventions within the four phases of disaster risk management: Preparedness, Mitigation, Response and Recovery.

Disaster Risk Management can be defined as the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies, in particular preparedness, mitigation response and rehabilitation/recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters.

Disaster risk management are processes or strategies implemented before, during or after any type of catastrophic event occurring. This can be initiated whenever anything threatens to disrupt normal operations or puts people’s lives at risk. Governments at all levels as well as many businesses create their own disaster plans that make it possible to overcome various catastrophes and return to normal functioning as quickly as possible.

During the preparation phase, authorities use communication networks to deploy first response units to likely disaster areas. Disaster kits should include whatever a person needs to survive on their own for several days. Damaged infrastructure is cleared and rebuilt during the recovery phase of a disaster.

  • FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
    • Be the secretariat for the County Disaster Management Committee (CDMC) and link with all line ministries and sectors;
    • Establish and manage a County Disaster Operation Centre (CDOC);
    • Coordinate the County, Sub-County and Ward Steering Groups in disaster preparedness and response;
    • Conduct disaster risk analysis to determine actual threats and triggers for preparedness actions, capacity gaps and resources for response;
    • Coordinate rapid needs assessments before, during and after disaster episodes;
    • Establish a database of population at risk disaggregated by gender, age and locations at Ward, Sub-county and County level;
    • Lead in Strategic planning in implementation of gender sensitive disaster risk management plans at all levels;
    • Promote and strengthen linkages with key stakeholder’s i.e. County government departments/ministries, international, national and local governmental and non-governmental organizations, sub-counties and community-based disaster management structures;
    • Establish effective people-centred and gender sensitive early warning systems; and disseminate risk and early warning information at county, sub-county and ward levels;
    • Strengthen DRM institutional capacity for Mainstreaming DRM in County government strategies, policies and plans;
    • Coordinate Lead and/or coordinate the preparation of County, sub-county, ward and village contingency and disaster preparedness plans and strategies;
    • Coordinate research to collate, review and analyze disaster risk information
    • To ensure that disaster management is well coordinated and focused on both risk reduction and maintaining effective disaster response capacity;
    • To outline appropriate institutional structures and formalize partnerships between all spheres of government and stakeholders;
    • Establish and strengthen gender inclusive institutional mechanisms and capacities for Disaster Risk Management;
    • Reduce disaster risk and vulnerabilities by undertaking systematic identification and assessment of disaster risk and enhancing early warning systems;
    • Mainstream DRR into sustainable development policies, strategies and plans in all sectors;
    • Ensure effective and coordinated disaster preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation that provide protection both physically and in terms of human dignity