The District Disaster Management Unit has been established to develop the District’s capacity to deal with disasters. The roles and responsibilities of the centre is to coordinate, plan, build capacity and to prevent and mitigate potential disasters that the area is prone to such as tornados, floods, thunder storms, snow, swine fever, cholera and diarrhoea. In addition, local offices have been established by the District to perform the function at local municipal level.
The disaster management centre has been established with a District Disaster Management, Fire and Rescue Services Unit and four satellite offices in in Mount Fletcher, Burgersdorp, Aliwal North and Lady Grey. A well-equipped District disaster centre is in the process of being established in Barkly East and Aliwal North