Disaster Risk Reduction & Emergency Response


To reduce risks and harm to communities by minimizing vulnerability and strengthening capacity, and effectively respond to disasters


In 10 dioceses

  • To integrate emergency preparedness, mitigation and prevention components in KMSS Networks Planning processes.
  • To strengthen the capacity of NO and DOs and the target communities in DRR and Emergency Responses
  • To respond to emergencies in a timely and appropriate manner applying the updated Emergency Protocol



Capacity Building for VDMCs and Task Force Groups

Carry out the Assessment of VDMCs. Assessment Preparation Meeting at Mdly Dio(1 DRR staff per diocese + NO Team, all together 8 persons).  Data Collection in targeted community of 5 dioceses. (2  staff per diocese, total 10  staff, a week).  Data Compilation Meeting and Reporting at Mdly Dio (1 DRR staff per diocese + NO Team, all together 8 persons).  Strengthening Capacity of VDMCs.  This will be rolled into the respective project implementation.  Formation and capacity building of VDMCs.  This will be rolled into the respective project implementation

The existing VDMCs replicate to at least two other villages

Targeted Communities DRR Plans are in line with Government Disaster Management Plans

Workshops will be provided to VDMCs on Government Disaster Management Plans.  Disaster simulation exercises will be provided to targeted communities to build VDCM skill on evacuation, first aid, and linking with village tract and township level early warning systems and state level plans.  Good practices will be documented and shared.

Improving the integration of DRR & Livelihoods

Provide capacity building training on disaster risk reduction through strengthening livelihood capitals to VDMCs (3 pax per new communities + DRR staff, total 35, 3 days).  Facilitate the VDMCs in the development of integrated DRR – livelihood community action plan (3 pax per new community + 3 staff; total 35 pax; 3 days).  Mentoring and coaching integrated DRR – livelihood micro project interventions Assessment on the livelihood capitals which are vulnerable to the identified disasters.  Based on assessment, to support communities to develop and implement income generation plans designed to protect or promote the livelihoods assets.  Water infrucutures will also receive some specific focus to ensure these are protected from any perceived vulnerabilities.

Improving the KMSS emergency response

This will start with review the existing approved Emergency Protocol with six targeted dioceses that are identified as most susceptible to disasters (natural or man-made).  (4 staff per each Dio, 5 NO staff).  In addition, to strengthen existing and form new ERSTs in 6 dioceses composed of various sector staff (7 to 9 staff) at national and diocesan level.  Provide capacity training for ERSTs; e.g Logistics and procurement, Financial management, and communication / information management.  Review and reflection after disasters (if they happen) and how to better manage volunteers will also be provided.  Trainings to ERST will also include staff security and safety, first aid, networking with government and NGOs, etc (5 ERST members & 2 DRR staff per dioceses for 5 days for 4 times sessions). 

An Emergency Program Manager (EPM) will oversee the implementation and strengthening of the proposed actions for the Emergency Programming of KMSS Network.  During an actual disaster, the EPM will be the main focal person leader the KMSS network response.  The KMSS Emergency Programming, compared to other KMSS programming, has seen the significant most activity and high profiling in last several years since Nargis and subsequent major disaster (the largest KMSS response is currently the Kachin IDP response with DFID/Trocaire supports).  Therefore, in order to ensure high quality management of this component, KMSS will seek to recruit and place a national staff in this position.  Support for this position is requested during 2013-14 period, and by 2015 it is expected that KMSS will be able to sustain core cost for this position as result of improved service delivery by KMSS and better acquisition of funds from a wider donor base.



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