Water is pumped away from Lyngbyvejen, Copenhagen after torrential rain in July 2011
Tasks of the Danish Emergency Management Agency
The Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) is a civilian agency in the combine of the Ministry of Defence. The Emergency Management Agency solves a series of crucial public tasks in the field of emergency management, such as:
- Provides assistance to local emergency management, police, and other authorities in the event of major or longer-lasting emergency efforts
- Provides assistance in the event of international natural or man-generated disasters
- Supervises and counsels local emergency management agencies, and
- Coordinates emergency management planning in the civilian sector
The responsibilities of the Emergency Management Agency are primarily stipulated in the law on the emergency management, and also described in the law on shelters and nuclear installations.
The mission of the Emergency Management Agency
It is the mission of the Emergency Management Agency to work for securing robustness of society against the consequences of accidents and disasters, and to avoid infliction of harm to any persons or property, or to the environment.
Supervision by the Ministry of Defence
The Ministry of Defence supervises the control by the Emergency Management Agency with its activities and finances, and that it is carried out in a satisfactory manner, within the politically stipulated frames. This is part of the general management and control function of the ministry.