DRM - The following criteria is important when considering to declare a disaster:
Firstly, it should be determined whether the contingency arrangements of the municipality or the province adequately provide to deal effectively with an occurrence. Contingency arrangements 38 refer to mechanisms to deal with the occurrence through the resources of the municipality or
province, affected sectors, donations and other extraordinary measures;
Secondly, if the occurrence or threatening occurrence is of such nature that those affected are unable to cope with its effects using their own resources;
Thirdly it is important to look at other factors such as the magnitude and severity of the occurrence; and
Finally, the existence of other legislation already applied in the area of jurisdiction of the municipality or the province, other than the DMA Section 2(1)(b), must be observed (i.e. the Animal Health Act, 1983).