Evolution of DRDM
A National Disaster Committee (NDC) was created in Seychelles in 1995. It exists in the President Office to look into all natural disasters which may hit
Seychelles and its prime objectives are prevention and preparation of National Disaster Response Plan (NDPR). The President sometimes chairs the meetings of
the NDC whenever the situation is catastrophic and warrants such high level strategic leadership. The NDC is under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary
of the President’s Office; and it comprises members such as the Principal Secretaries of Key ministries as well as high-ranking officers in charge of the
essential services such as Met Office, Police and Defence Force, environment, etc.
The Department of Risk and Disaster Management (DRDM) of Seychelles was created in October 2004 as the National Disaster Secretariat for the NDC.
Two months later the tsunami impacted Seychelles. Then the National Disaster Secretariat was upgraded as the Department of Risk and Disaster Management in
December 2006. The Department, then started to be headed by Principal Secretary, assisted by a Director General and in 2008 a director for impact assessment.
From there on DRDM was moved under the Ministry of Environment & turned into 2 Divisions with a Director General each. Later DRDM was rearranged to
become one Division. From December 2016 the President of the Republic upgraded DRDM to a Department. DRDM is targeting to become an Agency in order to fully accomplish its goals.