The National Disaster Management Unit was established by a Presidential Directive communicated through letter Ref. No. CAB/NSC/14/2/32 dated 8th August, 2013 as an effective and competent disaster management unit with an established command structure, budget and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) based on best practices. The unit together with stakeholders formulated the National Emergency / Disaster Plan and SOPs which were signed on 27th June 2014. The plan and SOPs recognizes the existence of other National and contingency plans. The National plan and SOPs is anchored in the medium term plan phase two of vision 2030 where it promotes safety, security and protecting Kenyan assets from adverse impacts of hazards and disasters.
The plan and SOPs is aligned to the strategic objectives of the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and protects social, economic and political pillars of our country. It also provides a clear leadership, command, control and coordinated approach to disaster mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. The SOPs within the plan provides a strategic, operational and tactical guide for National Disaster Management Unit, government agencies and private partners during emergency incidents in the country.