Mission Statement:

The Office of Disaster Management is committed to taking proactive and timely measures to prevent or reduce the impact of disasters on the Dominican people and economy through its efficient staff and collaborative efforts with national, regional, and international agencies.

ODM works closely with the National Emergency Planning Organisation (NEPO) a governmental organization with responsibility for the planning and organization of counter-disaster measures at central level.

One of NEPO's key functions is to develop, operate, and maintain a National Emergency Operations Centre in accordance with requirements specified in the National Disaster Plan. More information on the
role and functions of NEPO can be found in the National Disaster Plan 2001.

Together, the ODM and NEPO coordinates the overall Disaster Management programme based upon the principles of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery:

Mitigation

  • conducting hazard and risk assessments,
  • developing and implementing mitigation strategies,
  • prioritizing and implementing mitigation activities

Preparedness

  • developing and maintaining a National Disaster Plan,
  • developing and maintaining an Emergency Operations Centre,
  • informing and educating the population about threats and counter disaster measures,
  • training disaster service agencies and the public in counter disaster techniques and
  • testing and exercising the National Disaster Plan

Response

  • warning and evacuation,
  • emergency medical and social services,
  • search and rescue,
  • building or facility damage assessment, and
  • security and protection of property.

Recovery

  • restoration of economic and social activities,
  • resumption of services, and
  • repair or reconstruction of facilities

The ODM is managed by Mr.Fitzroy Pascal , the National Disaster Coordinator, under the direction of the Permanent Secretary and Minister for Justice, Immigration and National Security.

NEPO is chaired by Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit.

Key Officials

Hon. Joseph Isaac - Ministry for Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal
Ministry for Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal
Hon. Joseph Isaac
ODM Manager - Mr. Fitzroy Pascal
ODM Manager
Mr. Fitzroy Pascal