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    As forum members, discuss the similarities and differences between DRM planning as occurring in Australia (as expressed in the Surf Coast Shire Municipal Emergency Management Plan {MEMP}), as compared to the overall approach in Bangladesh, as described in their Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP).


    i do think that there are quite a few similarities between the 2 plans both trying to involve many different services and both build on the expertise already established in emergency services, government departments and organisations that are on the ground and are active in the day to day up skill in the communities around them.
    The partnerships that are made through out planning look at cooperating and coordinating programs and projects to reduce the risk in disasters.
    i really felt that the 6 interrelated outcome points in the CDMP gave a good overview plan that show how it wants to develop risk reduction response programs services and outcomes that involves people from the top ( government) to the vulnerable communities …. a work in progress


    Yes, Matt, this does show that all countries are beginning to work off similar frameworks. I understand that the first two overall DRM advisers for CDMP were Australians, who brought best practice Emergency Management from Australia into this new government system. There are enormous challenges in countries like Bangladesh..not only do their natural disasters (eg tropical cyclones; flooding; river erosion) tend to dwarf Australia’s, there is also a huge range of extra stakeholders to coordinate..these including large numbers of national (eg BRAC) and international agencies; UN agencies; and donors. All that being said however, things are generally improving as the loss if lives from tropical cyclones (where the storm surge is the killer) have dramatically decreased over the past 20-30 years. ie the Bangladesh Government is increasingly carrying out those six key DR interventions better, as well as the 12 DRM initiatives…..


    A point of difference is that the Surf Coast Shire appears to be delegating major disaster coordinating roles to higher government authorities while still maintaining a major responsibility to DRR measures. The former would be due to the limited resources of a local council to provide the necessary levels of expertise to be a major leader in the disaster. The latter shows the importance of the Surf Coast Shire in the prevention of disasters, eg fire prevention measures because of they are on-site every day.
    The Bangladesh model maintains the larger gov’t role in managing coordination of all services from DRR to disaster management.


    Hi Michael, yes, you’re correct. the national Bangladesh CDMP model includes a whole range of initiatives across the DRMC. The local government Surf Coast Shire focuses more on DRR initiatives, although it would also have plans for recovery initiatives should there be a major incident. Emergency response would mainly be the responsibility of the police, CFA, SES etc.


    Concurred with all of the above!

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