Dominican Republic


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HFA National Reports:

National Report 2008: 2008 National Report (Spanish; HFA Monitor)

National Report 2007: no reported

National Report 2006: no reported

National Report 2005: no reported

National Platform:

In process - see below for more information

HFA National Focal Point:

Comisión Nacional de Emergencias

(National Emergency Commission)

Address: Edif. Comisión Nacional de Emergencias, 1er piso; Plaza de la Salud, Santo domingo, República Dominicana



Contact Person:

Mayor General Luís Antonio Luna Paulino, Presidente

Tel:(+809) 472-8614-17

Alternative contact:

Mrs. Nerys Vanderhorst

Assistant to General Paulino

Tel: (809) 472-0909 ext. 233


Other contacts

Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations in Geneva


His Excellency Mr. Homero Luis Hernández Sánchez


Permanent Representative

Address: Rue de Lausanne 63 (7th Floor), 1202 Geneva

Tel: +(41-22) 715-3910, Fax: +(41-22) 741-0590


UN System Coordination

UNDG: UNCT Dominican Republic

UN Resident Coordinator

Mr. Tadeusz Palac

Interim UN Resident Coordinator (RC i.a.) / UNICEF Resident Representantive


Inter-Agency Support

Mr. Maximo Cabral, Assistant to the RC Office


Mr. Luis Rubio, Communications Officer


Mr. Jorg Schimmel, Coordination Officer


UN Country Team

Mr. Tadeusz Palac: Resident Coordinator, UNICEF

Mr. Mauricio Ramírez: Representante Residente a.i./ Representante a.i., UNDP/FAO

Ms. Gilka Melendez: Auxiliary Representative, UNFPA

Ms. Christina Nogueira: Representative, PAHO/WHO

Mr. Pavel Isa: Officer in Charge, WFP

Ms. Christina Malmberg-Calvo: Representative, World Bank

Mr. Elias Dinzey: Officer in Charge, ILO

Ms. Carmen Moreno: Director, INSTRAW

Mrs Ana Maria Navarro: National Officer, UNAIDS

Mrs. Nidia Casati: Chief of Mission, IOM

Mr. Herman van Hooff: Regional Director, UNESCO

Mr. Fernando Tabarez: Security Advisor, UN System

Mr. Jorg Schimmel: Coordination Support, UN System

Mr. Maximo Cabral: Coordination Support, UN System

Mr. Luis Rubio: Coordination Support, UN System/UNDP

United Nations Programme for Development (UNDP)

Address: Unidad de Comunicación, Casa de las Naciones Unidas, Avenida Anacaona #9, Mirador Sur. Apartado 1424, Santo Domingo

Tel: (+809)537-0909 x 300 / Fax: (+809)537-3507


PAHO/WHO Field Office Dominican Republic

Contact Person: Dr. Ana Cristina Nogueira, PAHO/WHO Representative

Address: Edificio Cruz Roja y OPS/OMS, Calle Pepillo Salcedo - Recta Final Plaza de la Salud, Ensanche La Fé, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

Phone: (+809) 562-1519/544-3241 / Fax: 544-0322


URL: htpp//


Dominican Civil Defense

Address: Av. Ortega y Gasset, Plaza de la Salud, Edif. Defensa Civil, Santo Domingo, D.N.

Tel: (+809) 472-8618 / Fax: (+809) 472-8623


Secretary of Education

Address: Av. Máximo Gómez No. 10, esq. C/ Santiago, Santo Domingo; República Dominicana

Tel: (+809) 688-9700 / Fax: (+809) 689-8907


Dominican Committe for Disaster Mitigation:

Cotact Person: Bernardo Rodríguez Vidal

Address: Calle República del Libano, Esquina Fray Cipriano de Utreta, Edificio OEA, Centro de los Héroes

Tel: (+809) 508-2596/533-8024 / Fax: (1-809) 508-2595,



Dominican Red Cross:

Addres: Calle Juan E. Dunant, No. 51 Ensanche Miraflores, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

Tel: (+809) 686-9612 / Fax: (+809) 686-9495


Save the Children Dominican Republic:

Address: Calle Jacinto Manón 32, Ensanche Paraíso, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Tel: (+809) 567 3351 / Fax (+809) 566 8297

E-mail: []


Country Profile:

Official name: Dominican Republic

Capital: Santo Domingo

Population: 9,365,818 (July 2007 est.)

Area: 48,730 sq km

Religion: Roman Catholic 95%, other 5%

Language: Spanish

Ethnic groups: mixed 73%, white 16%, black 11%

Government: democratic republic

Currency: Dominican peso

Geographical Description (about hazards and disasters)

Dominican Republic is located geographically in the center of the archipelago Antillean below the Tropic of Cancer, between longitude 68 ° and 72 ° and latitude 17.5 ° and 20 °. This location places it in the pathway of hydrometeorological phenomena (hurricanes, tropical storms, tropical depressions and its consequences) occurring in the seas of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Besides being exposed to other natural disasters, such as earthquakes and droughts.

There are many municipalities qualified high seismic risk. One reason is the geological fault in the northern mountain range that borders. These municipalities ranging from the far northwest to the northeast of the island. These include: Montecristi, Mao, Santiago Salcedo, Moca, San Francisco de Macoris, La Vega, Nagua and Samana. Also in the south there are flaws particular in the municipalities of San Juan de la Maguana, Neyba and Jimaní.

For the geomorphological characteristics of individuals Dominican Republic and the areas most affected by the passage of hurricanes, the country is vulnerable. It also features a rugged topography, with exposure to landslides, with low-lying areas vulnerable to flooding and coastal areas susceptible to the influence of tidal waves.

Although geophysical phenomena are relevant and have caused damage in the past, hydrometeorological phenomena are those that regularly cause greater damage in loss of life and property.

Institutional Level:

Dominican Republic, in disaster management and risk management, has fallen mainly on the national civil protection agencies or risk reduction.

With [ - Law 147-02 Risk Management], created the National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Response to Disaster. This system is the set of guidelines, policies, activities, resources, programs and institutions that allows the realization of the four main national objectives in terms of risk: risk reduction and disaster prevention; socialization of risk prevention and mitigation; effective response in case of emergency, and rapid and sustainable recovery of affected areas and populations. The National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Response Disaster consists, in organizational terms, several instances of coordination that operate hierarchically and interactuante:

1) National Council for Prevention, Mitigation and Response to Disaster: instance leadership responsible for directing, managing, planning and coordinating the National System. The National Council meets at least twice a year and is composed of the President of the Republic, secretaries of state, heads and representatives of Civil Society.

2) National Emergency Commission: dependent on the National Council, is coordinated and chaired the executive director of the Civil Defense. This Commission has a permanent technical team composed of officials qualified to lead and guide areas of study technical, scientific, economic, financial, community, legal and institutional, for the purpose of helping to develop and promote the policies and decisions of the National Council . Assigned to the National Emergency Commission is the Technical Committee on Prevention and Mitigation of Risks, which operates as an agency consultant and coordinator of activities for the reduction of risk. The attribution of this vital Technical Committee is to propose and submit the updated plan National Risk Management and the National Emergency Plan to the National Commission for their knowledge and approval by the National Council.

The operational arm of the National Emergency Commission is the Emergency Operations Center which serves as the coordinating agency for response and preparedness in the event of disasters. This Operations Center is run by the Civil Defence, the Secretary of State for the Armed Forces and the Fire Department of Santo Domingo. In addition, the National Emergency Commission has the Operating Committee and the National Emergency Advisory Team.

3) Regional Committees, provincial and municipal Prevention, Mitigation and Response to Disaster: composed of the highest provincial and municipal authorities.

The regulations concerning the management of the response to an adverse event has evolved since 1966, that due to the issuance of Law no. 257-66 of the June 17, 1966 created the Office of Civil Defense and Decree no. 1525 of July 28, 1966 which establishes the rules for implementing that law. Based on this policy, the country has developed a set of rules and ordinances that have been shaping legislation on country risk.

In this sense dated June 5, 1968 was issued Decree no. 2045 creates and integrates the Commission on Civil Defence and October 15, 1981 through Decree no. 2784 is created and the Integrated National Commission called National Emergency Plan whose main function was to formulate the National Emergency Plan.

Through the legal framework expressed in the Act. 147-02 2002, had established the general principles, definitions of terms, a risk management policy and how to instrumentarla, by the Act establishing the National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Response to Disaster, its structure provides for the an organic and functional, besides expressing determines coordination mechanisms, which are contained in Decree no. 932 of the September 13, 2003 approving the Implementing Regulations of Law 147-02 on Risk Management.

Under the statutory regulations mentioned above. The National Emergency Commission is empowered to take the initiative to implement, develop managerial and submit projects that tend to reduce the vulnerabilities that are exposed to our communities, and promote proposals to increase the quality of life for all inhabitants of the Dominican Republic .


Proposing the preparation of plans, budgets, regulations and standards to be aware of and / or approve CNPMR. This is the official spokesman of the Government in the event of a threat or occurrence of an event destructive and / or emergencies Recommend conducting, promoting and supporting studies and research in areas related to their ends. Establishing and maintaining relationships with other national government, private or international, whose duties are related to the institution and the signing of agreements with them, agreements or contracts for exchange and cooperation it deems appropriate The management of international aid in coordination with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs The International Aid coordination that the Dominican Republic will offer them to other nations that have declared emergencies in their territories.

Functions of the Emergency Operations Center

Assume the leadership and coordination of all actions preparedness and inter-agency response to the presence of an event that could cause significant adverse effects. Ensure that the work of mitigation be conducted by adequate prioritization of the actions of emergency. Providing both the CNE and the institutions that compose the COE information to ensure that the decision-making process is carried out based on updated information, duly confirmed, and especially knowledge-based. Keep, through its Directorate General (FFAA, DC and CBSD) and the CNE duly informed at the level of Political State on the situation and response operations. To maintain at all times a coordinated operation between the institutions of the National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Response Establishing a close relationship with scientific institutions in order to keep updated on the status of the national situation in relation to potential threats. Viabilizar the tasks of protecting and assisting those affected by any event. Develop a system for capturing and assistance for those affected by any catastrophic event. Develop a system of collecting and processing to maintain control over the various streams of information. Maintaining contact with international institutions and aid response. Allowing these working in the country.

Climate change


HFA P1 - Institutional and legal framework

HFA P2 - Risk identification and EWS:

HFA P3 - Knowledge and education:

HFA P4 - Risk applications:

HFA P5 - Preparedness and response:


The National Technical Committee for Risk Prevention, Mitigation and Response of the Dominican Republic's National Emergency Commission (Comite Técnico de Prevención, Mitigación y Respuesta de la Comisión Nacional de Emergencia de República Dominicana) was inaugurated on March 26, 2008 under Article 11 of the 2002 National Law 147-02 on Disaster Risk Management as an advisory and coordinating body for disaster risk activities throughout the country.

The Committee is integrated by official representatives from 22 institutions (including the academic sector and the national Red Cross Society).

The second meeting of this Committee was held on April 23-24, 2008 with the support of the Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Program (PPPD), the National Office of the European Funds for Development (ONFED), and the UNDP office in Santo Domingo.

This Committee is envisaged as the basis for the development of the National Platform for DRR in Dominican Republic.

Related Documents

USAID/OFDA Diagnostico Republica Dominicana, 2007

Intervention – Dominican Republic (audiovisual) (PPT / 41.3 MB)

Intervention on behalf of the Dominican Republic Delegation

ACS High-Level Conference on Disaster Reduction in the Greater Caribbean

Saint-Marc, Haiti; November, 2007

Actualización del Plan Nacional de Emergencia (Spanish)

Indicators of disaster risk and risk management:IDB-sponsored system of disaster risk and risk management indicators, (IADB) 2004

Plan Nacional de Gestión de Riesgos (Spanish)

Informe sobre los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio en Republica Dominicana (Spanish)

The creation of vulnerability to natural disaster: Case studies from the Dominican Republic

Jeffery, Susan E.; London GB, 1982

Web Links:

PreventionWeb Country Profile - Natural Disaster, Dominican Republic - Data and Statistics

EM-DAT Country Profile - Natural Disaster Dominican Republic

ReliefWeb Countries and Emergencies - Dominican Republic

Official Website Dominican Republican Government

MDG Profile: Dominican Republic

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