Disaster Management Committee

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Disaster Management Committees (also: Disaster Risk Reduction Committees or Emergency Response Committees) at community level and at regional/national level should have broad representation of at-risk groups.

To set-up inclusive committees:

  • Committee membership is gender balanced, and includes older persons, persons with disabilities and people from ethnic or cultural minorities.  

  • Hold regular meetings at an accessible meeting venue.

  • Committee members are trained on different aspects of inclusive disaster risk management (search and rescue, evacuation, shelter management, emergency response, primary health care etc.)

  • The committee is in regular communication with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), who represent at-risk groups in the community.      

  • The committee chair is aware of holding inclusive meetings and can foster ownership of all members for the decisions made for risk reduction and emergency response.

  • The committee has access to relevant data and information about their community (disaggregated by sex, age and disability).

  • Inclusive practice is followed in relevant sub-committees (Evacuation, First-aid, Search & Rescue, Shelter Management, Water Management, Distribution etc.) as well.