Government of India on the 23rd of December, 2005, enacted the Disaster Management Act 2005, which envisaged creation of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) headed by the Prime Minister, State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMA) headed by the Chief Ministers, and District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMA) headed by the Deputy Commissioners, to spearhead and adopt a holistic and integrated approach to disaster management (DM). Thus giving a paradigm shift, from the erstwhile relief-centric response to a proactive prevention, mitigation and preparedness-driven approach.

Section 3 of the Disaster Management Act 2005 lays down the establishment of State Disaster Management Authority at the State Government levels. Accordingly for the State of Nagaland, the NSDMA was notified vide notification NO.DM&RR/SDMA/MTG-2011 (Pt) dated 22/11/2011. The constitution of the SDMA is as under:-

Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) Members

Chief Minister    Chairperson
Minister-in-charge of Home Department Member
Minister-in-charge of Finance Member
Minister-in-charge of Health & Family Welfare Member
Minister-in-charge of Agriculture Department Member
Minister-in-charge of Planning & Co-ordination           Member
Minister-in-charge of Forest, Environment & Climate Change Member
Minister-in-charge of Law & Justice Member
Minister-in-charge of Public Works Department Member
Chief Secretary Chief Executive Officer, Ex-officio
Home Commissioner/ Commissioner Disaster Management        Secretary, Ex-officio


State Executive Committee (SEC) Members

Chief Secretary Chairman
Additional Chief Secretary & Commissioner, Nagaland Member
Additional Chief Secretary & Development Commissioner   Member
Additional Chief Secretary & Finance Commissioner    Member
Principal Secretary/ Home Commissioner/ Commissioner DM  Member
Principal Secretary/ Commissioner & Secretary, H&FW     Member
Principal Secretary/ APC/ Secretary, Agriculture Member
Commissioner & Secretary, PWD Member
Commissioner & Secretary, Forest, Environment & Climate Change Member
Secretary, NSDMA, Home Department Member
Special Secretary, Home Member
Joint CEO, NSDMA Member

Director General of Police and Director CD&HG and Prisons will be special invitee. The SEC may invite any other considered relevant to the Committee.

With support from GoI- UNDP DRR project, the NSDMA began its journey in the year 2011.  A full time State Project Officer was recruited by UNDP and posted at NSDMA Secretariat to initiate an institution for Disaster Management in the State. Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) took its shape in its organizational structure with the appointment of other officers on contract with the support of GoI-UNDP.

Currently, the NSDMA secretariat is headed by the Home Commissioner as Chief Executive Officer and a Secretary at the administrative level. The NSDMA Secretariat, Home Department is managed by the OSD to the Govt. of Nagaland along with other officers. NSDMA also consists of officers (on attachment) from line departments and also contractual technical staff to carry out the various functions of NSDMA.  At the district level, the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) is headed by the Deputy Commissioner as the Chairman along with a District Disaster Management Officer (DDMO) and a District Project Associate (DPA) for each district.