The increasing frequency of disastrous incidents, coupled with a number of emerging threats and trends, are leaving more people in Seychelles vulnerable to the effects of disasters and inflicting greater damage and loss.
To address the issue within the country, DRDM has come up with a Strategic Plan and an Action Plan which will guide the works of the division to put them in line with international standards.
The Strategic Action Plan is developed from the 2014 Seychelles’ National Disaster Risk Management Policy and was approved by all stakeholders during a workshop held on November 13th at Savoy Hotel, in Beau Vallon.
It sets out the core, cross-cutting and priority aspects of the policy for implementation over a five year period from 2015 to 2019 and also shows how to protect the country and its citizens in the event of a disaster.
One of its main aims is to contribute towards the realisation of Seychelles’ sustainable development measures by strengthening national capacities to significantly reduce and mitigate disaster risk and build community resilience to disasters.
The plan empowers stakeholders and communities by actively involving them in risk awareness activities, risk assessment processes and the development of integrated hazard maps that will assist the country to build in better and safer locations.
Among the key points outlined in the Strategic Action Plan were focus on public education and awareness, understanding of the early warning system, warning levels, warning categories and their procedures, that mechanisms are established to indemnify and deploy volunteers, impact assessment that are to be undertaken rapidly and effectively and the role of the media in promoting a culture of disaster risk management awareness, disaster resilience actions and strong community involvement.
The Strategic Action Plan will be reviewed in the last six months of 2018 to assess progress in implementing and identifying issues for priority action in 2019.
The review and subsequent implementation in 2019 will form the basis for developing a new similar plan (2020 – 2024) in the last quarter of 2019.