SRINAGAR : The 3-days online training programme on Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) concluded here today.
The training was organised by Institution of Engineers, India (IEI) J&K State Centre, Srinagar and National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) Government of India, in collaboration with Divisional Administration, Kashmir, National Skill Development Forum (IEI), SSM College of Engineering, Parihaspora, National Institute of Technology, Srinagar and J&K State Emergency Operation Center.
The valedictory function was presided over by Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K. Pole, who appreciated the organizers for conducting the training, which can directly benefit the community.
Speaking on the occasion, the Div Com said that the community is always the first responder in any disaster and it is imperative to equip the community with knowledge of disasters and life-saving skills. He stressed on the need to utilise volunteers from the community, so that they are empowered to identify the risks in their localities and deal with any emergency situation.
He acknowledged the role of Disaster Management Professionals, as assets for the Administration. He instructed that similar training programmes should be conducted, especially for communities living in vulnerable areas.
Er. Aamir Ali, Chairman, Institution of Engineers India J&K State Centre, Srinagar said that Community Based Disaster Risk Management is the process of bringing people together to enable them to collectively address the disaster risk and train them to be better prepared and also make them aware of the available resources.
He said training provided the community an opportunity to learn and upgrade their skills and knowledge for systematic disaster risk reduction particularly of the vulnerable communities.
Prof Anil K Gupta, Head Division of Environment, Climate & Disaster Risk Management NIDM said that community based disaster preparedness is the best tool to reduce loss of life and property, as it nurtures safety in the community and it has positive outcomes. He said that trained volunteers get motivated and encouraged to better deal with any disaster situations.
Er. Suneel Grover, Chairman IEI National Skill Development Forum Shimla shared his experiences about how community responded during Covid-19.
Theoretical and practical sessions were held during the training, which included Basics of Disaster Management, Need for Community Based Disaster Preparedness, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Community Based DRR, Psychosocial Care, Fire Safety, Basic First Aid, etc.
The training was attended by around 700 participants, including senior District level Officers, students and staff from SSM College of Engineering Parihaspora, National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, SP College, Amar Singh College, Govt. Women’s College MA Road, Govt. Women’s College Gandhi Nagar Jammu, Kashmir Govt. Polytechnic, Govt Polytechnic for Women, Srinagar and GCET Safapora and members of Civil Society from across the country.
The training was made available on YouTube as well.