Acting as one in disaster response

03 Dec 2012

imageRehearsal on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to NEOP

Since the Tsunami of December 2004, the Ministry of Disaster Management and the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), have worked together with multiple stakeholders involved in disaster response to set up legal and institutional systems, prepare vulnerable communities for disasters and enhance efforts to minimize disaster risks. Sri Lanka is proud to have a 24/7 early warning and response capacity, which is one of the many significant outcomes of these efforts.

Supported by UNDP, the National Emergency Operations Plan (NEOP) of Sri Lanka will be the next level of disaster response enhancement. The NEOP identifies the roles and responsibilities of different agencies involved in emergency operations and includes communication mechanisms at the national and sub national levels and among relevant organizations. 

On November 5 and 6, 2012, a live rehearsal was conducted to test the NEOP and identify the gaps and potential improvements. Agencies simulated their actions for disasters such as tsunami, floods, cyclone and landslides. An innovative web interface was also used by disaster management actors to upload, edit & share information ( during the development of the NEOP. 

As the next step, the NEOP will be submitted to the National Council of Disaster Management through the Ministry of Disaster Management. It will be made operational, with adequate training being provided throughout the island, as an integral part of the next phase of the Disaster Management Programme being developed to cover the period 2013 to 2017.



The disasters covered under the NEOP


Aircraft crash

Air raids

Chemical accidents

Civil or internal strife

Coastal erosion


Dam breach







Forest fire

Industrial disasters



Lightning & Thunderstorms

Manmade disasters

Maritime hazards

Nuclear disasters

Oil spills

Radiological emergencies