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About Us

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is a government agency which operates under the authority of the Office of the Prime Minister/ Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction.

The overall function of NEMA is Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM). We strive to effectively and efficiently administer the components of the country’s CDM Strategy. These include:

  • Mitigation Planning

  • Community Preparedness

  • Response Coordination

  • Recovery Coordination

These are administered in accordance with relevant legislation, government policy and public accountability requirements.

ONE VOICE, ONE RESPONSE, MANY MOVING PARTS

Our Mission

To reduce loss of life and property within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas by ensuring that adequate mitigation and preparedness measures, as well as response and recovery mechanisms to counteract the impact of natural and manmade hazards.

Our Vision

An organization that anticipates the potential negative impacts of disasters and emergency situations and develops effective and efficient plans, procedures and systems to minimize such impacts, by relying on sound principles of Disaster Management, community participation and interagency collaboration.

Our Values

We believe in:

  1. The preservation and protection of human life.

  2. Effective Comprehensive Disaster Management depends upon the consistent coordination and integration of the work of many agencies, organizations and individuals.

  3. A community that is well prepared for hazards of all kinds that will survive and recover quickly from disasters.

  4. Providing service to the community before, during and after a disaster or emergency.

  5. A flexible and adaptable approach to the the delivery of comprehensive disaster management services.

  6. Staff commitment, capacity, teamwork and motivation being the primary contributors to the organization’s success.

We Serve You

We serve the public and private corporations and residents with our expertise in:

  • Emergency planning

  • Planning and implementing disaster policies, including: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, Recovery

  • Provision of training for Damage and Need Assessment and Resource Management

  • Designing, implementing, and training for Disaster Management.

  • Disaster research and investigation to determine what lessons can be learned and how future emergency policies can be modified.

  • Facilitating training for Incident Command System (ICS) to strengthen the ability to organize disaster areas and establish Unified Command Systems.

  • Provision of training for Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) operations/management;

  • Development and implementation of Comprehensive Emergency Management/Safety/Business Continuity programmes

  • Development of educational programmes customized to specific hazards for the public and for employees.