Disaster Preparedness& Early Warning –Department.


           Somaliland is prone to multi-various disasters; in recent decades the country has been stricken/ hit by successive droughts, floods, cyclones and other human induced disasters .These disasters cause death and displacement of large parts of the population and affecting the coping mechanisms of the people, worsening the already precarious situation in terms of economic livelihoods and food security in the entire country.

It has long been recognized that all disasters, whether natural or manmade, have negative impacts on all aspects of human lives and livelihoods of affected population in Somaliland. Similarly Somaliland people  has never been able to early predict, completely prepare and timely respond to the potential hazards before they cause negative impacts on the community in the epicenter of disasters. In the recognition of that Somaliland government has established The National Disasters preparedness and Food Reserve Authority (NADFOR) under the presidential decree in September 2003.

NADFOR is an autonomous institution of Somaliland government that is responsible to coordinate all activities directly related to the monitoring, preparedness, response and mitigation of emergencies in Somaliland. This involvement includes collection of early warning indicators, and the planning and design of linking early warning and coordinated response with emergency action plans at all levels.

2. VISION: is to see a nation being able to cope with Disasters

3. Mission: to prevent inevitable occurrences of disasters and reduce vulnerability of communities to hazards by improving sustainable coping capacities to minimize overall impacts to disasters on lives and livelihoods of Somaliland communities.

4.Overall Goal :The overall goal of this Department is to establish effective early warning and information systems to Improve capacity for Early Humanitarian Response especially linking the early warning information to early action response ..

Specific objectives:

  • Functionalize effective early warning and information systems to early predict, adequately prepare and timely respond to potential hazards before they cause negative impacts to those communities in the epicenter of the impending disasters.
  • To strengthen capacities of Somaliland community and government counterparts involved in disaster preparedness to effectively respond to emergencies as they occur and to reduce the impact of disasters.
  • to identify, develop and implement innovative projects that increase the resilience of the community against common hazards after the training

5.The Main Component-Units of DPD & EWS Department:

  • Early Warning & information systems.
  • Training and public education
  • Developing emergency /contingency plans twice year for all levels.


6.The Key Tasks of each Unit under the department are as follows:

  • Early Warning Systems has strategic plans to:
    • build up local standards and operational guidelines for conducting comprehensive disaster risk assessments that are in line with national standards and best practices;
    • obtain risk information by systematically collecting data from Early Warning Indicators through using  scientific, indigenous sources and disaster risk assessments;
    • Generate and disseminate risk information and early warnings to stakeholders at all levels and in particular, to communities at risk.
    • Establish community based early warning systems;
  • Training: For effective disaster management and sustainability of programmes capacity building and training in disaster management is essential. This will be targeted to decision-makers in line ministries, training institutions, NGOs, community based.
    • Activities in consultation and collaboration with the funded by various donors.
  • Disaster preparedness measures
    • Strengthen the assessment system for Food Security and Livelihoods-Sectors in Somaliland through overseeing M&E activities such as baselines, mid-term review, end of Project evaluations, technical visits, assessments etc. and implementing recommendations from such processes.
    • Set and maintain a simple Early Warning and Early Action (EWEA) system to assess current situation on the study area.

7.Staff of the department:

  • Ahmeddini Nur Goth, Director Disaster preparedness and Early Warning information systems.
  • Faduma – Technical officer
  • Abdi-asis Technical officer
  • Mahamed Weli –  Technical officer

8.Department Of Disasters Preparedness and Management Structure:

Contact Person

Name     :                     Ahmeddini Nur Goth

Email     :                      Ahmedngoth@Gmail.Com

Mobile   :                      063-4127474

1.Relief Section

  • Arab and Islamic Relation
  • Relief aid with Arab and Islamic countries.
  • Relationships local charities.
  • Continuous communication with ministries and government agencies.

2. Media & Public Awareness

 Media: Full responsibility for the social communication of the NADFOR from periodic reports and news, as well as official meetings 

with local and international bodies and ministries.

3. Public awareness: We in our department are responsible for spreading awareness and shearing the report on early warning of a disaster, through the
media, after obtaining approval from the commission.

Planning, research and Statistics Department

     Subject: Main duties of Planning, research and Statistics Department The main tasks and duties of the department of Planning, Research and
Statistics include:

  • Lead the planning process, strategic and policy formulations of the institutions.
  • Harmonize program priorities that the institution aims to implement at national, regional and district levels.
  •  Coordinate projects and activities managed by the different department of the institution
  • Coordinate government institutions at national, regional and district levels as far as development and humanitarian planning is concerned.
  • Monitor the implementation of strategic and operational plans to ensure quality deliver of planned activities towards expected outcomes.
  • Lead and facilitate annual work planning and budgeting with consultation of relevant departments.
  • Lead and coordinate monitoring and evaluation interventions.
  • Lead and coordinate interventions relating to research and statistics.

Department of Administration and Finance

The Administration and Finance Department is responsible for providing the necessary financial management planning and oversight in the areas of budget, finance, procurement and general services. The Department provides accurate and detailed information on its area of responsibility to the Chairman of the Authority. The following are the core responsibilities of the Department

  1. Overall responsibility of the finance and administration
  2. Developing a suitable accounting system and procedures
  3. Coordinating the preparation of annual budgets and cash flow forecasts
  4. Link between the Chairman of NADFOR and Ministry of Finance on matters related to financial
    management and reporting.
  5. Safeguarding the Organization’s assets and liabilities
  6. Advise the Agency and other stakeholders on all matters related to finance
  7. Maintaining adequate records to reflect the operations, resources and expenditures in respect
    of all activities and programs of the organization.
  8. Ensuring that the implementation of the Financial and Accounting Procedures Manual and also
    ensuring it is updated on a regular basis.
  9. Establishing and enhancing systems of internal control and ensuring compliance with the
    Requirements of Government and development partners according to their principles.
  10. Monitoring the financial management aspects of procurement.
  11. Preparing financial statements and reports in accordance with the agreed timetable and in
    compliance with financial reporting requirements of Government and other stakeholders
  12.  Any other duties related to finance that may be assigned from time to time by the Chairman.