The city of Johannesburg’s public safety department is working to develop a new disaster management strategy and policies, it said on Thursday.
The department said the city constantly experienced growth both in development and population and faced underlying vulnerability such as ageing infrastructure and both natural and human-induced hazards posing major disaster risks to residents.
“In addition to the existing natural disasters that occur in the city such as fires and floods, the city needs to also be fully prepared for potential man-made disasters and even sabotage attacks,” it said.
The department will through the year announce events and training opportunities on disaster management, targeting various levels of the administration.
“We will continue to work towards instilling a culture (where) disaster management is everyone’s business,” it said.
– African News Agency