Disaster Management

Overview

The Disaster Management Act, Act 57 of 2002, as amended, calls for the establishment of disaster management centers at each District Municipality. The Garden RouteDistrict Municipality adhered to this call by officially opening the District Disaster Management Centre in 2008. This state of the art facility is equipped with both a joint operational command and tactical decision areas. In addition to this the center is staffed with a dedicated research section focusing on disaster related research in order to guide district policies to create a more disaster resilient district for the future.

In line with the spirit of the amendments done to the Disaster Management legislation the Garden Route Centre also incorporates a section focusing on, not only biodiversity management, but also to spear head and align climate change adaptation and mitigation programs and activities in the district. This section provides the impetus for main streaming climate change adaptation and mitigation in the district.

In order to stay abreast with regional emergency related activities a 24/7 call center has been established adjacent to the DMC. This 24/7 call center is operated in conjunction with provincial Emergency and Medical Services (EMS) and renders an emergency call taking and dispatch platform servicing the district as a whole. In addition to the EMS call taking staff the Garden Route DM call center is staffed with a Call Centre Supervisor, four permanently employed Operators as well as two call center reservists.

The main powers and duties of Municipal Disaster Centers (DMC) is defined and listed in the Disaster Management Act, Act 57 of 2002 as amended.

Disaster Management

The centre is equipped with  joint operational command and tactical decision areas.  In order to stay abreast with regional emergency related activities a 24/7 call centre has been established adjacent to the DMC. The 24/7 call centre is operated in conjunction with provincial Emergency and Medical Services (EMS) and renders an emergency call taking and dispatch platform servicing the district as a whole. In addition to the EMS call taking staff the Garden Route DM call centre is staffed with four permanently employed Operators as well as two call centre reservists.

Municipal Disaster Management Centres:

  • must give guidance to organs of state, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, communities and individuals in the municipal area to assess and prevent or reduce the risk of disasters;
  • monitor and measure the performance and evaluating disaster management plans and prevention, mitigation and response initiatives of local municipal entities;
  • must specialise in issues concerning disasters and disaster management in the municipal area;
  • must promote an integrated and co-ordinated approach to disaster management in the municipal area, with special emphasis on prevention and mitigation;
  • must act as a repository of, and conduit for, information concerning disasters, impending disasters and disaster management in the municipal area;
  • may act as an advisory and consultative body on issues concerning disasters and disaster management in the municipal area;;
  • must make recommendations regarding the funding of disaster management in the municipal area, and initiate and facilitate efforts to make such funding available;
  • in the event of a local disaster may make recommendations to any relevant organ of state or statutory functionary, on whether a local state of disaster should be declared in terms of section 55;
  • must promote the recruitment, training and participation of volunteers in disaster management in the municipal area;
  • must promote disaster management capacity building, training and education, including in schools, in the municipal area;
  • may promote research into all aspects of disaster management in the municipal area;
  • may give advice and guidance by disseminating information regarding disaster management in the municipal area, especially to communities that are vulnerable to disasters;
  • may engage in any lawful activity in the municipal area, whether alone or together with any other organisation, aimed at promoting the effective exercise of its powers and performance of its duties.

For more information or queries, please contact:

Mr Gerhard Otto
Head of Disaster Management
Tel:  044 803 1300
E-mail: disastermanagement@gardenroute.gov.za

Mr Clive Africa

Executive Manager: Community Services 
Tel:  044 803 1572
Fax: 044 874 6626
E-mail: community@gardenroute.gov.za