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.


Source: Office of the Head of Local Government Service