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The national disaster management institutional framework comprised of organisational structures before, during and after a disaster with core structure comprising of NDC, DAC, DMO and Community.  These structures are illustrated in the diagrams below.

The core structure is based on the DMO and DAC forming the focal point for co-ordination and implementation of all disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery programmes and activities. DAC sub-committees are established to coordinate the planning, development and implementation of specific issues pertaining to disaster risk reduction, preparedness, response and recovery.

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The TORs are developed and appended to this plan for the required sub-committees. The figure above illustrates how the sub-committees fit in the organisational structure before, during and after a disaster and or emergency event.

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During disaster response DAC co-ordinates and manages response activities from the National Emergency Operations Centre and reports to the NDC for direction and decision making as required.

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The National Disaster Council is responsible for oversight and approval of all disaster management activities, as advised by DAC.
For information on the National Disaster Council, the Disaster Advisory Committee, on international organisations & development partners and on the community, please select the following document:

Samoa Humanitarian Background Additional Information

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Process to request international assistance

Requests for international assistance can only be submitted to aid agencies and donors on the direction of the National Disaster Council and when it has become clear that the situation at hand is beyond the capabilities of the existing national resources.

The DAC is to collate the requests of DAC agencies for presentation to the NDC, and to advise the NDC on the need for international assistance and the availability of that assistance if it has been offered.

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