Draft national policy for disaster management in Kenya
In the pursuit of reducing vulnerabilities to risks, the Kenyan Government has formulated this National Policy on Disaster Management to institutionalise mechanisms for addressing disasters. The policy emphasizes preparedness on the part of the Government, communities and other stakeholders in Disaster Risk Reduction activities. In this regard, the policy aims at the establishment and strengthening of Disaster Management institutions, partnerships, networking and main streaming Disaster Risk Reduction in the development process so as to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable groups to cope with potential disasters. The Policy aims to increase and sustain resilience of vulnerable communities to hazards through diversification of their livelihoods and coping mechanisms. This entails a shift from the short term relief responses to development. It also aim at alleviating suffering by providing timely and appropriate response mechanisms for disaster victims.