Disaster risk assessment is the foundation of all risk reduction, and risk is dynamic.

This clear statement has emanated from discussions of resolutions originating from DRR 2019, the annual conference of the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa, held at Hartenbos in September 2019. Implementation strategies for the 2019 DMISA Conference were discussed at the joint NDMC and DMISA meeting held in Bellville on 13 November 2019.

Resolution three from the conference recommended that all municipalities actively engage in dynamic disaster risk profiling, regularly reviewing disaster risk assessments seasonally, annually, before major development and following major incidents.

The agreement of the DMISA / NDMC working group was that all practitioners must continuously reinforce and advocate that disaster risk assessment is the foundation of all risk reduction, and that disaster risk changes over time and therefore requires dynamic assessment. This message needs to be communicated through disaster management advisory forums and other available platforms.

Resolution three emanated from a paper delivered at DRR 2019 by Ms Francis Hoets, in which she argued that dynamic disaster risk profiling encourages real time decision-making, focused priorities for disaster risk reduction based on current and changing disaster risks, promotes use of integrated information and communication systems, requires integrated data management, and accountability of disaster risk custodians. Hoets further stated that dynamic disaster risk profiling ultimately supports community and municipal resilience and sustainable development.

The conference proceedings of DRR 2019 are available through the website of the Disaster Risk Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA) at www.disaster.co.za.