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National Disaster Management Authority (India)

National Disaster Management Authority, abbreviated as NDMA, is an agency of the Ministry of Home Affairs whose primary purpose is to coordinate response to natural or man-made disasters and for capacity-building in disaster resiliency and crisis response.[2] NDMA was established through the Disaster Management Act enacted by the Government of India in 30 May 2005.[3] The Prime Minister is the ex-officio chairperson of the same. The agency is responsible for framing policies, laying down guidelines and best-practices and coordinating with the State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs) to ensure a holistic and distributed approach to disaster management.[4]

National Disaster Management Authority
राष्ट्रीय आपदा प्रबंधन प्रभाग
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Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of India
HeadquartersNDMA Bhavan, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi
Annual budget3.56 billion (US$50 million) (Planned, 2013–14)[1]
Agency executive
Parent departmentMinistry of Home Affairs

It is headed by a nine-member board chaired by the Prime Minister of India. The remainder of the board consists of members nominated based on their expertise in areas such as planning, infrastructure management, communications, meteorology, and natural sciences. The day-to-day management of the agency is overseen by the office of the Vice Chair.[5]

NDMA is operationally organized into the following divisions:

  • Policy & Planning
  • Mitigation
  • Operations & Communications
  • Administration
  • Capacity Building

NDMA equips and trains other Government officials, institutions and the community in mitigation for and response during a crisis situation or a disaster. It operates the National Institute of Disaster Management, which develops practices, delivers hands-on training and organizes drills for disaster management. It also equips and trains disaster management cells at the state and local levels.[6]

NDMA also collaborates with the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy to impart training to administration and police officers in planning and incident response. It monitors and develops guidelines for the local Firefighting Services across the country.[7] It collaborates with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in developing emergency health and ambulance services. Specifically, it focuses on capacity building in dealing with mass casualty at local hospitals.[8]

Functions and responsibilities

NDMA, as the apex body, is mandated to lay down the policies, plans and guidelines for Disaster Management to ensure timely and effective response to disasters. Towards this, it has the following responsibilities:[9]-

  • Lay down policies on disaster management;
  • Approve the National Plan;
  • Approve plans prepared by the Ministries or Departments of the Government of India in accordance with the National Plan;
  • Lay down guidelines to be followed by the State Authorities in drawing up the State Plan;
  • Lay down guidelines to be followed by the different Ministries or Departments of the Government of India for the Purpose of integrating the measures for prevention of disaster or the mitigation of its effects in their development plans and projects;
  • Coordinate the enforcement and implementation of the policy and plans for disaster management;
  • Recommend provision of funds for the purpose of mitigation;
  • Provide such support to other countries affected by major disasters as may be determined by the Central Government;
  • Take such other measures for the prevention of disaster, or the mitigation, or preparedness and capacity building for dealing with threatening disaster situations or disasters as it may consider necessary;
  • Lay down broad policies and guidelines for the functioning of the National Institute of Disaster Management.



NDMA runs various programs for mitigation and responsiveness for specific situations. These include the National Cyclone Risk Management Project,[10] School Safety Project,[11] Decision Support System and others. India Disaster Response Summit recently held on 9 November 2017 held at New Delhi. This Summit was jointly organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and social networking site Facebook. India has become the first country to partner with Facebook on disaster response.

NDMA GuidelinesEdit

AT NDMA Official Site:[12]-

  • Guidelines for Preparation of Action Plan – Prevention and Management of Heat-Wave
  • Guidelines on Management of School Safety:
  • Guidelines on Management of Hospital Safety
  • Guidelines on Minimum Standards for Shelter, Food, Water, Sanitation, Medical Cover in Relief Camps
  • Guidelines on Management of Earthquakes
  • Guidelines on Management of Tsunamis
  • Guidelines on Management of Cyclones
  • Guidelines on Management of Flood
  • Guidelines on Management of Urban Flooding
  • Guidelines On Drought Management
  • Guidelines On Landslide and snow avalanches
  • Guidelines for Nuclear attack disaster.
  • Guidelines on Chemical Disaster (Industrial)
  • Guidelines for Chemical(Terrorism) Disaster )
  • Guidelines on Medical Preparedness and Mass Casualty Management
  • Guidelines for Biological Disaster
  • Guidelines for Psycho-Social Support
  • Guidelines on Formulation of State DM Plans
  • Guidelines for Incident Response System
  • Guidelines for National Disaster Management Information and Communication System
  • Guidelines for Scaling, Type of Equipment and Training of Fire Services
  • Guidelines for Seismic Retrofitting of Deficient Buildings and Structures.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Plan Budget". National Disaster Management Authority. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  2. ^ "NDMA Vision". National Disaster Management Authority. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  3. ^ "Evolution of NDMA". National Disaster Management Authority. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  4. ^ "Functions and Responsibilities". National Disaster Management Authority. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  5. ^ Parliament of India (23 December 2005). "Disaster Management Act, 2005, [23rd December, 2005.] NO. 53 OF 2005" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  6. ^ "About: Introduction". National Disaster Management Authority. 3 March 2014. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Fire Services". National Disaster Management Authority. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  8. ^ "Trauma Care". National Disaster Management Authority. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
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  10. ^ "National Cyclone Risk Management Project". National Disaster Management Authority. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  11. ^ "School Safety Project". National Disaster Management Authority. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
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