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The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management, through the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is the mandated agency responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) programmes in the country.

The NDMO carries out its work under the direction of the National Disaster Management Council (Council), which is chaired by the Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management, and comprises of Permanent Secretaries of selected Government Ministries and agencies whose work is critical to the overall DRM agenda. The Natural Disaster Management Act 1998 (Act) provides the legal basis for the functions of the NDMO and the Council also establishes governance structures for DRM at the national and sub-national levels. The work of the NDMO as stipulated under the Act covers all phases of the disaster cycle, from the mitigation of hazards, disaster preparedness, and response operations during disasters to disaster rehabilitation programmes following an event. The NDMO currently implements programmes based on its functional responsibilities. Key programmes which include the National Disaster Awareness Week, Community Based Disaster Risk Management training, Working in Emergency Operations Centres Trainings, Tsunami Preparedness Drills, and others are among the NDMO’s core deliverables.