The central body for disaster management in Hungary is the National Directorate General for Disaster Management (NDGDM) operating under the control of the Ministry of the Interior.
Its main activities are updating the current civil protection duty system, monitoring a public alarm system for industrial plants, use education to build a culture of safety and resilience, to manage information for a better public awareness and strengthening the effectiveness of international urban search and rescue assistance.
The Directorate General determines the professional requirements of prevention, rescue and disaster management, directs and supervises the work of the subordinated organs, participates in the prevention and management of the expected consequences of nuclear accidents, natural or industrial disasters, as well as in the organization of protection and planning at national level.
It elaborates the principles and requirements for planning, organization and preparation in relation to classified periods, disaster management and population protection.
It controls the reconstruction activities of subordinated bodies and, if needed, ensures the transportation of organizations to the disaster area, designated to provide international assistance.
It fulfils the authoritative, supervisory and consultative tasks falling within its competences, ensures professional personnel for authoritative affairs, accomplishes the planning of preparation, deployment and management issues in relation to disaster management, provides professional assistance for local governments for planning and implementation of their tasks and the preparation of their personnel.
It cooperates with the central bodies of the Hungarian organizations participating in disaster management and operates a 24/7 duty service.