This Thailand Disaster Management Reference Handbook offers an operational understanding of both the country’s disaster management capability and information on demographics, hazards, climate risks, organizational structure for disaster management, laws and policies, infrastructure, and other areas vital to a comprehensive disaster management knowledge base. It is hoped that individuals and organizations planning for or executing a disaster response operation in Thailand will benefit from this information to support the country’s responders and affected communities in their times of need.
This guide indicates that the Royal Thai Government has carried out significant progress in legislation to advance disaster risk reduction (DRR). A vast network of non-government organizations and charities, academic institutions, business and private enterprises, and community and citizen-led networks also support the country’s disaster management system. There is a growing emphasis by the government in facilitating meaningful participation by members of the community at all levels to improve DRR efforts and local governments are being called upon to play a greater role in connecting the national-level strategy to locally-led action. Looking forward, key areas of priority for disaster risk management includes water sustainability to meet current demands, addressing the high levels of poverty among vulnerable groups to strengthen resiliency, broadening the engagement of communities and schools in DRR efforts, and strengthening the role of local governments in connecting national development priorities to locally-led action and resilience building.