Hon. Hillary Onek

Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Refugees

Hon. Musa Ecweru

Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Refugees

Owor Martin

Commissioner, Disaster Preparedness & Management.

Objective:

  1. Enhance the Country’s capacity to contain and minimize the effects of disasters
  2. Address disaster vulnerabilities of the community and alleviate human suffering from disasters
  3. Prevent, mitigate and prepare the country against disasters
  4. Guide government Disaster Preparedness and Management
  5. Maintain a national warehouse for food and non-food items and procure relief..

Outputs:

  1. Contribute to building resilience of communities against disasters;
  2. Coordinate timely response to disasters and provide food and non food relief to disaster victims;
  3. Coordinate other sectors and nongovernmental actors in fulfilling their mandates towards disaster
    preparedness and management.

Key Activities

Effective preparedness and response to disasters

1. Risk, Hazard, vulnerability profile and maps prepared.
2. Disaster Risk Assessments conducted at District and community level
3. Improved Preparedness for disasters by communities for resilience undertaken
4 . Participation in international workshops, meetings and conferences facilitated.
5 . Strong and functional Platform for DRR established
6. High visibility of DRR activities in the country supported
7. Strong and functional Platform for Peace Building & Conflict Prevention established
8 .High visibility of Peace Building and Conflict Prevention activities in the country supported
9. Moroto Regional Disaster Coordination office established
10. Vehicle maintenance, fuels, lubricants & oils procured
11. Peace Policy completed
12. Draft Disaster Bill developed 13. NECOC activities supported

Relief to disaster victims

  1. Procure food and non-food items to Disaster victims
  2. Distribution and followup of the food and non-food items to Disaster victims
  3. DDMC, DDPC & Regional trainings for data colectors
  4. Contributing to the regional Disater Management Centre of Exellence

Key Achievements

Effective preparedness and response to disasters

  1. Carried out Risk, Hazard, vulnerability and disaster assessment and mapping in 52 districts namely
    Ntungamo,Kiruhura ,Mbarara,Ibanda, Isingiro,Bushenyi,kabarole ,Katakwi,Kaberamaido, Amuria,Soroti,Ngora, Budaka, Bududa, Manafwa, Bulambuli, Sironko, Bukwo, Kween, Kapchorwa, Butaleja, Serere, Amuria, Katakwi, Ngora, Kumi, Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit, Amudat, Kotido, Kaabong, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo, Kaberamaido, Otuke,Dokolo,Lira, Apac, Amuru, Lamwo and Moyo
  2. Carried out Risk assessment of threat of a perceived volcanic eruption in Abim district.
  3. Carried out El-Nino rapid assessment for 25 districts in Teso, Karamoja, Elgon, Rwenzori and West Nile sub regions.
  4. Carried out Assessments on boundary conflicts, lightening in Bukwo and Bushenyi respectively.
  5. Carried out Food Monitoring assessment in 7 districts of Karamoja.
  6. Participated in international trainings and meetings in Kenya, South Africa, Norway, Kenya and China. Topics range from GIS, Disaster Risk Financing and Oil spills contingency planning, INFORMED workshop and Youth innovation forum.
  7. Held 6 out of the planned 6DRR Monthly meetings of the platform.
  8. Held 6 meetings of the Peace building and conflict prevention platform.
  9. Held 7 Regional Peace Consultative meetings in Elgon, Karamoja, Teso, Acholi, West Nile, Lango and Western Uganda.
  10. Produced a Draft Peace Policy.
  11. Held IDDR day celebrations in Bududa District after one week of visibility activities.
  12. Conducted International Peace day celebrations in Mbarara Municipal Council.
  13. Held 50 Sensitization meetings at subcounty level on the ELNino floods in Butaleja, Bududa, Bulambuli, Manafwa, Bukedea, Serere, Ngora, Kumi, Butaleja and Manafwa.
  14. Repaired the NECOC equipment for flood early warning system in Butaleja
  15. Disseminated NECOC Early Warning messages through FMs radios, TVs, Print media and sms. Handover of Flood Early Warning System by UCC to OPM.
  16. Carried out Regional trainings on Early Warning Systems and Climate Risk Management.
  17. Roll out Disaster Monitoring Systems in Kasese, Ntoroko, Bushenyi, Moroto, Amudat and Napak.
  18. Carried out Sensitization of communities on El-Nino in Bukedea, Serere, Ngora, Kumi, Butaleja and Manafwa.
  19. Attended the IGAD workshop, Youth innovation forum in China.

Relief to disaster victims

  1. Procured and Distributed 1400 bags of 100kg@ of maize grains; 5200 bags of 100kgs@ of maize flour and 3300 bags of 100kg@ of beans to famine victims in Karamoja and other parts of the country.
  2. Trained 600 UPDF officers on DRR and preparedness for El Nino.
  3. Trained 25 DRR platform members on Geo-Netcast system operations
  4. Carried out climate risk management training in 10 districts of Butaleja, Bududa, Bulambuli, Manafwa, Bukedea, Serere, Ngora, Kumi, Kween and Bukwo.
  5. Regional trainings on Early Warning Systems and Climate Risk Management in Jinja, Mukono, Kabale and Mbarara