Local Government Profile
Funchal (Madeira) - Portugal
Mayor Dr. Miguel Filipe Machado de Albuquerque
Website of the city : www1.cm-funchal.pt
Size : 76 km2 sq km
Population : 2011 - 112,015
Hazards : Flood, Land Slide, Storm Surge, Wild Fire
HAZARD AND VULNERABILITY PROFILE
The municipality with 112,015 inhabitants, in the 2011 census, has a relevant number of occurrences throughout the centuries of natural hazards, which have caused victims and huge destruction, such as flash floods, landslides, mudslides, rock fall, storms, storm surges and forest fires.
DISASTER AND RISK REDUCTION ACTIVITIES
The structure of the municipal civil protection is making some progress in reducing vulnerability. The development of the Municipality Emergency and Civil Protection Plan was the first step towards understanding the hazards and to which extent they could affect the municipality. To improve the local hazard mapping and disaster risk management and studies is another goal for the municipality. Awareness and public information, though the budget is very limited to these projects, aims to reach the common citizens and give them the correct tools and knowledge, so that the population is involved by organizing voluntary groups in which the behavior in disaster occurrences is one of resilience.