Despite having being lawfully established in 2014 by enactment of the Disaster Risk Management Act, disaster risk management as a government pre-occupation started decades prior.
In 1995 a National Disaster Committee (NDC) was created and its mandate was to study the different natural disasters which may strike the islands of Seychelles. Its prime objectives were prevention and preparation of National Disaster Response Plan (NDPR).
In October 2004 as the National Disaster Secretariat for the NDC was established. Two months later on 26th December 2004 a tsunami that was triggered by an earthquake with the epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, impacted Seychelles.
In 2006, the Department of Risk and Disaster Management was established under the Vice President’s Office.
In 2010, the organisation was split into 2 divisions; i.e.; the Disaster and Risk Management and the Operation, Education and Communication divisions with two directors general at the helm of each.
In 2012 the two divisions were merged into one with one director general as the head.
In August 2014, the Disaster Risk Management Act was assented and established the Disaster Risk Management Division as a division within the government of Seychelles for effective management of disaster through a comprehensive and integrated all hazard approach and for matters connected therewith or incidents thereto.