The National Disaster Master Plan guides all levels of disaster management and mitigation. It lays the framework for establishment of the district Disaster Management Committee. It also calls for the establishment of Village Disaster Management Committees. This move will enable the district to have coordinated disaster plans and pave way for their implementation. It will also help in monitoring disaster activities in the district and reduce duplication of duties.
16.2.2Food Security Strategy
The National Food Strategy lies down the broad framework within which the national and households food and economic security processes and activities are to be carried out. The scope of the strategy is as follows
Improvements in socio-economic security at the national level
Providing economic access to food for households by attainment of a broad based income security.
Assurance of households security through availability of national food imports and production.
Guarantee food safety and nutritional security.
Within the scope of this strategy, there will be a joint responsibility reflecting the tripartite partnership of government, private sector and households in the provision of security of availability and access to nutritionally safe and adequate food.
16.2.3National Policy on Disaster Management
The policy emphasises the need to establish and maintain systems for dealing with disasters other than drought and integrates these systems into normal on going development activities at national, district and local level. It creates a framework which facilitate the preparation of plans and legislations for effective implementation of disaster management and its legitimacy.
Under the current system, whenever drought is declared, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning issues a special warrant to fund the Drought Relief program. This is of course a planning anathema as it upsets the budget.
During DDP 5 the prevalence of drought dominated the planning period. Consideration should also be given to the evident contributions the drought projects have made in our development endeavour. Nonetheless, it should be our persistent attempt to pursue under drought, income-generating projects. The drought program has great potential with some tuning and refinement of yielding positive results in the effort to redress unemployment and poverty.
The basic essence of food relief services is to administer supplementary feeding to vulnerable group members of our society. Expressed in terms of Vision 2016, the idea is to extend compassion, justice and care to the vulnerable members of the society.
During DDP5 the district continued to experience problems of inadequate storage facilities and transportation as in the proceeding planning period. The reason for that was simply because the planned project of constructing a warehouse during DDP5 did not materialise. The project has been proposed for implementation during DDP6. The warehouse will be properly furnished with appropriate equipment for convenient safe and secure operation. Furthermore, a ten-ton truck will also be purchased. This will add to the existing fleet of three that has proved to be adequate. As a contingent, the provision to hire private transport should remain open
Within the framework of Vision 2016, the National Policy on Disaster Management has determined the need to establish disaster contingency fund. The focus will then be on the preparation of an inventory of past, present and future disaster threats for the various communities district wide. It would then be meaningful to conduct community disaster sensitization/educational campaigns for the residents as a preparatory measure. These efforts would have to be complemented by deliberate effort in design of development projects to ensure that they are as much as possible disaster proof. By so doing we will accomplish Vision 2016 ideal of ‘a safe and secure nation’.
16.4Contingency Planning Sector Goals and Objectives
Table 16.69 Sector Goals and Objectives
1. To reduce incidence of veldt fire outbreaks
To educate the community of the dangers of veldt products at monthly farmers’ committees