Dominican Republic: New National Plan for Disaster Risk Management

Community near Santo Domingo flooded due to Hurricane Sandy in November 2012.
Community near Santo Domingo flooded due to Hurricane Sandy in November 2012.
Credits: EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

The President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, has approved a new "National Plan for Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management", as UNISDR reported. The plan will define policy guidelines and basic principles for public and private institutions and civil society organizations. It focuses on the implementation of programmes that reduce disaster risk, ensure the safety of citizens and protect the country’s economic, social, environmental and cultural heritage.

The plan was prepared by the National Dominican Emergency and the Civil Defence Commission. It fits within the country’s existing instruments that guide risk prevention and mitigation, response preparations and disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction. These include: Risk Management Policy, National Risk Management Plan, and National Plan for the Reduction of Seismic Risk.