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OVERVIEW OF DISASTER MANAGEMENT

The Disaster Management function within the district is coordinated in partnership with the four Local Municipalities, namely:

  • Ray Nkonyeni Local Municipality
  • uMdoni Local Municipality
  • uMuziwabantu Local Municipality
  • ​uMzumbe Local Munici​pality

The District currently promotes an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to disaster management in the municipal area and also facilitates disaster management planning activities and the implementation of disaster risk reduction and preparedness programmes with special emphasis on prevention and mitigation.


DISASTER MANAGEMENT PRIORITIES

  • Establishment of the New District Disaster Management Centre
  • Institutional Capacity in Disaster Management & Fire Service within both District and Local Municipalities.
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction​​


  • PLANNING AND RISK REDUCTION
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​The UGU Disaster Mangement Centre embarks on a comprehensive risk assessment on fire hydrants through-out the district to identify, locate, map, 
and ascertain the condition of fire hydrants both in residential and business settlements.

​Based on a thorough risk analysis, identified vulnerable communities are provided with risk reduction measures such as lightning conductors where the frequency of lightning strikes is more prevalent.

Communities prone to fire incidents are provided with smoke alarm dictators to support them by providing early warning during fire season​.
            

  • CAPACITY BUILDING

In building towards resilient communities, a series of workshops/engagements are held to empower community members to understand their risk vulnerability more importantly how to prepare and respond to different seasonal hazards. ​

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Such exercises are conducted with the help of local traditional leadership; since there are disaster management ward based committees that have been established.

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campaigns are conducted throughout the distict to assist learners to be aware and ready for diffirent adverse eventualities

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Disaster risk management and volunteer programme linked to EPWP , Community awareness campaigns are also conducted through out the year at shopping centres, taxi ranks and clinics​.​

  • ​Education and Training​​

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The call centre communication system was installed to assist in reporting, responding and capturing incidents. This has increased the level of efficiency on responding to incidents and will narrow the turnaround gap in futures.

The uGu DMC conducts workshops in partnership with key stakeholders to openly discuss matters of common interest with an objective to establish practical strategies to deal with effects of adverse weather and man-made disastrous incidents

As stipulated in the Disaster Management Act of 2002, the UGu Disaster Management and Fire Services was established to maximise expand the district's capacity to carry out disaster management and fire fighting responsibilities within the district. Implementation of phase 2 of the project is currently underway.​


  • ​RESPONSE AND RECOVERY​

Relief Material provided by UGu Disaster Management Centre to affected households depending on needs assessments.

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Wendy houses are provided. ​

Types of disaster management related incidents: Structural damages

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  •  ​Compliance 
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The UGu Disaster Management Centre supports public events that take place within the district by ensuring compliance in construction of temporal structures and compliance to the Safety Act.

The uGu DMC also supports public events in making necessary safety plans to ensure public safety during and after events.​

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