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This Seychelles District Tsunami, Cyclone and Flood Disaster Response Plan is a joint initiative of the Department of Risk and Disaster Management (DRDM), Government of Seychelles and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to strengthen community based disaster preparedness and emergency response in the Seychelles. Experience clearly indicates that effective humanitarian response at the onset of a crisis depends on the level of preparedness and planning of responding organizations as well as the capacities and resources available to them. The district contingency planning process is an important component within the broader framework of emergency preparedness started in 2007 in Seychelles with the design of an early warning system, capacity assessment study, risk assessment study, national contingency plans and public awareness campaigns to help the Government and people of Seychelles successfully handle disaster situations with a minimum loss of human life and financial infrastructure.

There are 25 districts in Seychelles and this plan formalizes the district contingency planning process specifically for disasters relating to tsunamis, cyclones and floods given the historical occurrence of these in Seychelles and related risks associated to them. A total of 26 plans have been produced, 25 plans for each district and additionally, 1 plan for Silhouette Island. The time period in which this plan has been developed is from July 2008 through December 2008.

Last but not least, the plan has been written based on the current situation, disaster structure and policy of the project timeframe. As with all operational documents, with the evolution of time, it will have to be periodically updated to reflect overall changes in society and the working environment. A large part of the future success and effectiveness of this plan will rest largely on the enthusiastic contributory and ongoing participatory efforts of the users at community level.

Objectives

The primary objectives of the district contingency plan are:

  • To provide districts and first level field responders with a useful guide on how to effectively prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters arising from tsunami, cyclone and flooding in their areas.
  • To improve preparedness of local communities through mitigation tools such as risk and vulnerability analysis and developing a structure for maintaining a record of resource registers and databases.
  • To sequentially outline and clearly describe the standard operating procedures for the different components of disaster preparedness and response.
  • To ascertain existing emergency response practices of stakeholders, resources available, evaluate requirements, agree on changes and integrate into plan.
  • To clearly distinguish and standardize the roles and responsibilities of district disaster management stakeholders in disaster preparedness and response.
  • To develop a framework for future ongoing appraisal and improvement of plan to reflect current circumstances