Sunday, April 2, 2017

Disaster Management & Emergency Preparedness Workshop, March’ 17

Disaster, especially the natural ones, come unannounced. The least human beings can go do is, be prepared. In order to make INLEADers more alert in all walks of life, INLEAD recently organised a Disaster Management Workshop at its campus in Gurugram. Mr. Munish Kumar, who is a Certified Trainer for Safety Circle and has been training working professionals and students since quite a few years, was the designated speaker for the workshop. 

Mr. Munish commenced his training session by providing students the theoretical background of Disaster and Disaster Management. He then proceeded to train them through certain drills.
The session was very essential for students, especially since students in general seem to carry a casual approach towards everything in life. 

The speaker delved deeply into the inception & the theory behind Disaster and Disaster management. He told them that Disaster Management can be defined as the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies, in particular preparedness, response and recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters. During the workshop, INLEADers came to know about different aspect of Environment, health and safety (EHS). He further told them about classification and types of Disaster, disaster preparedness, medical and public and public health response, public Health impact of Disaster, disasters in India. 

There are two types of disasters:

Natural Disaster

Natural Disaster Include such activities; Meteorological, Topographical and Environmental. Meteorological includes -: Floods, tsunami, cyclone typhoon, snow storm, blizzard and hail storm; Topographical includes Earthquake, volcanic eruptions, landslides etc.

Manmade Disasters

Manmade Disasters are Technological, Industrial and Warfare. Warfare comprises Global warming, Solar flare etc. Manmade Disasters also include Transport failure, Public place failure, fire, Chemical spills, War, Terrorism and Civil unrest etc. 

After the theoretical session, Mr. Munish then did some drills and preparatory exercises with the students, including Medical and Public Health Response systems.

He then wrapped up the session by talking about Communications during Emergency and Incident Assessment. According to him, Communication is one of the key issues during any emergency, and that pre-planning of communications is critical. Miscommunication can easily result in emergency events escalating unnecessarily. 

Mohit, Jul 2016, INHM: “I have never been in a critical situation and this session gave me immense clarity on Disaster Management.”

Amit Yadav, Jul 2016, INBM: “In times when we are witness to frequent earthquakes, I think the least we can do is be prepared for such contingencies.”

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