Kitui County Government, under the leadership of *H.E. Governor Dr. Julius Malombe, EGH, is developing a policy on *Disaster Risk Management and Emergency Response,* with a fully established Emergency Response Centre, to ensure a well- coordinated approach to matters on disaster Management,” Says Kitui DG.
The Deputy Governor H.E Augustine Kanani, under whose office falls the Disaster Management and Emergency Services* was speaking during a training workshop on Disaster Management at Mwingi town.
The Deputy Governor further said, “the policy aims at creating an integrated and coordinated Disaster Risk Management System that focuses on preventing and reducing the risk of disasters, mitigating the severity of disasters, enhancing preparedness, rapid and effective response to disasters and post disaster recovery”.
DG Kanani added that, Disaster Management is a continuous and integrated process of planning, organizing, coordinating, resource mobilization and implementing measures which are necessary for prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and loop recovery.
The Constitution of Kenya 2010, Fourth Schedule, gives provisions for establishment of firefighting services and disaster management units by County Governments.
Kitui County experiences multiple complex disasters which are related to droughts, flash floods, strong winds, Inter-community conflicts, human diseases outbreaks, livestock epidemics, crop infestations and road accidents, among others that negatively impact human populations.
In most cases, entire populations of Kitui by are affected by disasters that disrupt lives, livelihoods and a drawback from gains achieved in human development.
The training was facilitated by officers from the National Disaster Management Unit in the Ministry of Interior led by John Warui.
The Chief Officer for Performance Contracting, Disaster Management and Emergency Services Madam Franciscah Kyui and Governor’s Advisor on Security Mr Sammy Mwangangi were also present.