The National Disaster Management Agency has set up an early warning system tool to generate and disseminate timely and meaningful warning information to enable individuals, Communities and organizations threatened by hazards to prepare and act appropriately and in sufficient time to reduce the possibility of experiencing harm or loss.

The early warning system has a toll-free Line which is 1199 to all mobile Companies in Sierra Leone to alert the National Disaster Management Agency for rescue teams.

This definition encompasses the range of factors necessary to achieve effective responses to warnings. This necessarily comprises four key elements: knowledge of the risks, monitoring, analysis and forecasting of the hazards, communication or dissemination of alerts and warnings, and local capabilities to respond to the warnings received.

The development of a strategic plan for the newly established NDMA in Sierra Leone is a milestone in the preparedness and response approach in executing the roles and responsibilities arrogated to the Agency.

Support for the core element encapsulated in the narrative and matrix of the plan is critical for the overall success of the agency in the next five years.

Thus, Government and international support for the activities of the agency are considered in ensuring the visibility of the institution in all regions of the country.

The provision of financial, material, equipment and human resource to the newly established Agency is cardinal to effective service delivery towards preventing, mitigating and responding to local and national emergencies.

It is hoped that by the close of 2025, the Agency will be well-positioned to deliver its mandate given to it by the NDMA Act 2020.