Preparedness is developing the specific knowledge, capacities and resources necessary to effectively respond to and recover from the impacts of likely, imminent or current hazards. In practice this essentially means knowing what to do in the event of a disaster and how best to do it. Preparedness ranges from the individual level up to government institutions.  

 Operational preparedness rests with emergency management agencies such as the Police, Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service, SAMU, Mauritius Red Cross Society, NEOC and LEOC. Preparedness is achieved and maintained through a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective actions. Ongoing preparedness efforts among all those involved in emergency management and incident response activities ensure effective coordination during times of crisis. The NDRRMC leads, facilitates and hosts regular training events and simulation exercises involving a wide range of emergency management stakeholders to support effective and efficient response to disaster situations.   

Individual preparedness concerns the understanding of existing risks and ensuring that suitable steps are taken so that families know what to do should such an event take place. It is essentially as simple and being prepared for the worst. It means to know what to do and be ready to deal with the immediate effects of a disaster.   

The NDRRMC is supporting educational and community programmes to improve understanding of the risks faced in the Republic of Mauritius as well as what steps need to be taken in the event that a disaster occurs. Please refer to our Emergency Advice pages for specific advice on identified threats and recommended actions.   

General steps to prepare for disasters include identifying safe evacuation route from your home to a place of safety; ensure all family members are familiar with the route and place of safety; inform neighbours of your plans; prepare a list of essential telephone numbers and information to keep with you and all family members; prepare an emergency/evacuation kit. Please refer to the page on how to prepare an emergency/evacuation kit for your home for more details.