Community Based Disaster Management

Community Based Disaster Management:

ERA’s efforts can be considered like a drop of water in pond in the community, but the organization understands the need of the time and is working in the districts of Himachal Pradesh mainly Kangra, Kullu, Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti through various Projects/ Programmes with an objective to strengthen and train the communities to minimize the loss of life and property at the time of Disaster.

ERA has implemented a number of Prorammes/ Projects on Climate Change, few of them are as following:

  • School Safety Programme (CASA-INDIA)

This programme was supported by CASA-INDIA in association with Mountain Forum Himalayas. More than 30 schools were covered under this Programme in Kangra district. Following were the key deliverables under this programme:

  • Introduction to Principals of Disaster Management
  • Session on Hazard Profile of Kangra district
  • Session on Role of Disaster Management of Schools
  • Demonstration on Basis First Aid, Improvised Search & Rescue Methods
  • Hazard-Risk Vulnerability Assessment of Schools (Buildings, Infrastructures)
  • Preparation of School Disaster Management Plans
  • Conducting Mock-Drills
  • CC-DRR Programme (UNDP)

This Programme was supported by UNDP. Kangra district was covered under this Programme. Villages namely Thati, Bharamdhayada and Lohaarkar were taken under this Programme covering more than 300 community stakeholders. The community stakeholders were imparted Trainings on the following aspects of Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes:

  • Basic First Aid
  • Search & Rescue
  • Preparation of Village Disaster Management Plans
  • Training & Formation of Village Disaster Management Plan Teams

One more step ahead of this initiative, ERA is planning to set up a “Disaster Management Training Institute”, where the community stakeholders will be imparted quality and advanced training on First-Aid, Search & Rescue, Fire safety, Disaster Management Planning at Community Level and last but not the least, to develop a feeling of responsibility and accountability in the communities toward others in such scenarios. Under this theme, more than 2,000 community stakeholders have been trained in Disaster Management so far through various Projects/ Programmes.