At the Parish level, the ODPEM works through Parish Disaster Committees (PDCs) that operate out of the Parish Council Offices.
These committees respond at the parish level whenever there is a disaster. They also forge links with the response agencies, community groups and community-based organizations.
The Custos and Mayor of the parish, with the Mayor being the working member of the committee, chair the PDC jointly. Other sitting members of the committee include all Parish Councilors and local representatives of the various agencies and interested groups.
Each Parish has a Parish Disaster Coordinator who is responsible for coordinating all activities geared towards awareness, prevention and response. Each Parish Disaster Coordinator has the responsibility of formulating its own plan to meet with local emergencies in keeping with the guidelines set out by the ODPEM.
Each PDC has the responsibility of formulating its own plan to meet with local emergencies in keeping with the guidelines set out by the ODPEM.
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