The Disaster Management and Prevention Department

(a)assist in planning and implementation of programmes to prevent and/or mitigate disaster in the Municipal within the framework of national policies;

(b) facilitate the organization of public disaster education campaign programmes to: create and sustain awareness of hazards of disaster; and emphasize the role of the individual in the prevention of disaster;

(c)assist and facilitate education and training of volunteers; to fight fires including bush fires, or 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 floods, bush fires, and human settlement fires; outbreak of communicable diseases; and 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; educate people within the areas and 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 Municipal;

(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.