Talofa lava and Welcome
The Disaster Management Office is a division within the Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment that is responsible for ensuring the ongoing coordination, development and implementation of Disaster Risk Management programmes and activities in Samoa.
We believe that information sharing helps reduce the harmful effects of any natural disaster to our people and environment. This webpage provides another means of disseminating information about our role through Disaster Risk Management.
The Disaster Management Office has three different locations and are open from 9am - 5pm, Monday- Friday. Our main office is at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi (TATTE) Building - Level 3. Our Disaster Management (DM) team is situated at the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) in Tuana'imato and our Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) team is located within the Meteorology Compound - Mulinu'u.
- Facilitating a community driven process to identify the hazards and risks villages are exposed to and to identify and implement actions to mitigate these risks and lessen the impacts of future events
- Organizing villages into disaster committees and response teams, ensuring teams are trained and prepared for collective action.
- Organizing a community profiling process to generate sufficient and accurate information; arranging necessary technical support to village committees; and
- Targeting the most vulnerable based gender, age, disabilities, socio-economic status, and ensuring their needs and capacities are integrated into the village planning process.
- Conduct hazards assessment and vulnerability analysis which determines appropriate prevention and or mitigation, preparedness and response measures.
- Assist technical Ministries to Design structural (hard solutions) and or non-structural (soft solutions) to prevent and mitigate risks for all high risk areas in consultation with relevant experts.
- Coordinate the planning and execution of the national DRM platform and as well as identifying capability building needs for staff and sectors in relation to risk reduction and coordinate relevant training programs.
- Promote, initiate and support recovery activities by sectors, agencies and community that build resilience to future disasters and ensure that risk reduction measures are incorporated as a requirement of recovery programming and implementation.
- Monitor and evaluate progress of implementation and effectiveness of risk reduction measures at all levels.
- Lead the implementation of the Preparedness, Response and Early Recovery components of the National Disaster Management Framework.
- Facilitation of national response agencies, associate member agencies of DAC, schools, stakeholders and partners, sectors in developing, maintenance and testing of disaster management/response plans.
- Establish and maintain communications systems to strengthen emergency response coordination and for early warning dissemination.
- Maintain communication with all agencies, partners and sectors before, during and after a disaster.
- Promote, initiate and support recovery activities by government ministries, sectors and other agencies that build resilience to future disasters and ensure that measures to strengthen preparedness for response are incorporated as a requirement of recovery programming and implementation.
- Monitor and evaluate progress of implementation and effectiveness of disaster management programmes at all levels.