Mission Statement – Department of Risk and Disaster Management of Seychelles

Mission Statement

“To establish and continually review and improve capacities, mechanisms and procedures to enable the optimal reduction of disaster risk and vulnerability in the context of the people of Seychelles, their security, health and socio-economic well being”.


Objectives of our Mission

  1. Provide a strong institutional basis for the implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction at local and national levels.
  2. Identify, assess and monitor disaster risks and enhance early warning.
  3. Develop a culture of safety and resilience at all levels through the targeted and effective dissemination of information.
  4. Reduce underlying risk factors.
  5. Enable effective response capacities by strengthening disaster preparedness at all levels. i.e. At systemic, institutional and individual level and at national, regional, district and community scales.

Strategy

The DRDM functions as the coordinating body between first responder agencies and other organizations/ sectors during peace time (for preparedness and mitigation) and during emergency (for response). The DRDM has adopted the HFA/Sendai Framework of action to mainstream disaster risk reduction in the following ways:

  1. Governance
  2. Improving risk information and early warning; risk assessment and early warning)
  3. Building a culture of safety and resilience; knowledge management
  4. Reducing risk in key sectors; vulnerability reduction
  5. Strengthening preparedness for response; disaster preparedness

Approach

The DRDM has adopted an “all-hazard” approach meaning that disaster risk reduction and management in Hydrometeorological Hazards (e.g. heavy rain, flash floods, landslides) Biological Hazards (e.g. epidemics, outbreaks) Technological Hazards (etc. Industrial explosions, ammonia leak)

The Role of the National Disaster Committee (NDC)

The National Disaster Committee was established for and functions to enable:

  • The coordination of national disaster management
  • The periodic review and updating of risk and disaster management policy when necessary
  • The establishment/refinement of disaster response funding mechanisms
  • The establishment of special committees to address issues of risk and disaster management
  • Resource mobilization both locally and internationally
  • The provision of advice to Government on disaster emergency declaration

Some First Responder Agencies DRDM has 8 key “first responder agencies” # First Responder Agency Responsibility to Disaster Risk Management DRDM Coordinating Body. During a disaster, the DRDM merges into the National Disaster Committee. This committee consists of high-level personnel of all first responder agencies and high-level personnel of sectors affected. This can be headed by the Minister of Environment and Energy (since DRDM falls under this Ministry) or even the President, depending on the gravity of the situation.

  1. MoH Biological hazards/ Human Health
  2. SPDF Maritime and/ or terrestrial support/ civil defense
  3. Police Order
  4. SLTA Clearing blocked roads, drains
  5. CAAID METEO Early warning (weather, tsunami), - GIS/ drainage issues/ environmental assessments
  6. SFRSA Fire Brigade, terrestrial search and rescue
  7. RCSS Emergency/ Disaster Response Expertise/Shelter support-humanitarian
  8. CDD District/ community involvement, District emergency brigade (volunteers). District response/Evacuation/Shelter Management
  9. PUC Manage electrical, water, national Sewage issues

Other Partners

  • Seychelles People’s Defense Forces (SPDF)/ Coast Guard
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Education
  • Seychelles Agriculture Agency
  • Seychelles Tourism Board
  • Island Development Corporation
  • Seychelles Trading Company
  • Private companies – Airtel, Cable & Wireless