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Department of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management

Hon. Hillary Onek
Minister of Relief and Disaster Preparedness

Hon. Musa Ecweru
Minister of State for Relief and Disaster Preparedness




Ag. Commissioner / Disaster Preparedness & Management


The Department is under the political leadership of
Hon. Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Management
and Refugees, who is assisted by the respective Minister
of State, Hon. Musa Ecweru.

The department is the lead agency responsible for
disaster preparedness and management in Uganda,
coordinating risk reduction, prevention, preparedness,
mitigation and response actions on a national scale in
consultation with other line ministries, humanitarian and
development partners, Local Government and the Private sector.

Achievements of Financial Year 2012/13

 i.            Trainings of DDMCs;

25 District Disaster Management Committees were trained on emergency preparedness and response, disaster management and Role of District Disaster Management Committees in an emergency.

ii.            National Emergency Coordination and Operations Centre;

The Government of Uganda  in the effort to improve response and coordination of emergencies in the country has acquired space in the Postel Building , Clement hill road for the National Emergency Coordination and Operations Centre. Renovations and equipping are in the final stage and shall be launched by March.

 iii.            Relief food distribution;

The government distributed 19,980 bags of maize flour and 9,290 bags of beans to victims of disasters country wide. In addition to this was 7,000 tarpaulins, 6,250 mosquito nets, 5,000 blankets, 5,000 jerricans, 5,000 basins and 7,000 hoes.

 iv.            Relocation of landslides and flood affected communities and populations at high risk in the Mt. Elgon slopes.

 The Government of Uganda in a bid to resolve the recurrent landslide disasters in Mt Elgon sub region carried out hazard mapping and registration of all persons at high risk for relocation.

v.            Construction of National stores;

 In order to expand its capacity for storage of both relief food and non-food items, the Office of the Prime Minister has acquired 5 acres of land in Namanve, Kampala to construct national stores.

vi.            Karamoja food security  reports;

Due to the challenges of food security in Karamoja, The Department of Relief, Disaster Preparedness together with Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Food and Agriculture Organisation and World Food Program carried out surveys of the food security situation in Karamoja and provided preliminary forecasts for 2014. However this is subject to further assessments of harvest of second season of the previous year.

vii.            Desinventar   (National Disaster Loss Database).

The Department of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management with support of United Nations Strategy for Disaster Reduction have established a National Disaster Loss Data base. The database can be accessed on the following website :

viii.            Housing of 2010 landslide survivors in Kiryandongo;

More 25 houses were constructed in the financial year 2012/13 and a contractor was also procured by Government to complete the construction project as per government policy.

 ix.            National Policy on Disaster Preparedness and Management and the Popular Version;  

The policy has been printed and is undergoing dissemination.

 x.            Multi-hazard mapping;

Multi- hazard risk and vulnerability mapping of the Rwenzori and Teso regions have been concluded and the Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja regions will be conducted in February 2014.

 xi.            Climate Risk Management Project.

The Department of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management trained 57 districts on Climate Risk Management and developed a TOT manual on Climate Risk Management.