One of the greatest sources of vulnerability in Georgia is the high risk of natural and manmade disasters that also threaten the overall development of the country. Due to its geographic location and complex natural setting, Georgia is a highly disaster-prone country.
Considering the national importance of reducing disaster risks and vulnerability to disasters and at the same time, recognizing present deficiencies in the system, in August 2013, the Government officially requested the UN Country Team to provide support in conducting a comprehensive assessment of existing national DRR capacities and development of a roadmap for strengthening the national DRR system, through the inter-agency mechanism of Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI).
Overall, the assessment revealed that there is high Government willingness and potential to move from a reactive approach of disaster response to a more proactive disaster risk reduction approach. However, national leadership needs to be backed up by concrete actions, dedicated capacities, enabling legislation and necessary resources aimed at reducing existing risks, avoiding creating new risks, and improving preparedness for efficient response to disasters.
The assessment also identified a number of challenges regarding the national preparedness and response, including lack in capacities for proper information management and crisis communication. Considering the fact that one of the activities of the UNDP project is to support government in development of national capacities for disaster information management, RDFG developed the project proposal and detailed work plan for establishment of such system.
The NEMIS is a user-friendly information management software platform that builds the Common Operating Picture in development and humanitarian contexts. This solution provides situational awareness for program activities, logistics, development, and gap analysis to generate real-time reporting and seamless information sharing. Utilizing a synchronization engine, the system works offline and is fully functional when internet is sporadic or unavailable. It is fully customizable and provides evidence driven insights to support informed decision-making about planning and effective use of resources.
NEMIS breaks complex tasks into easy-to-understand guided steps to minimize errors and visualize critical factors. Building upon the already existing experience and good partnerships in place between relevant governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, the proposed by RDFG DRR Center project will contribute to strengthening of the disaster management information system by supporting the Emergency Management Agency in introduction of an improved National Emergency Management Information System (NEMIS).