Two-day state level Consultative Workshop on strengthening District Disaster Management Authority


The second part of the two-day state level consultative workshop on strengthening District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs), will be organised at Deendayal Upadhyaya State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on December26-27, 2016. This training programme is being conducted for 75 districts of the state and is divided into two parts. For the first part, the training programme was conducted for 34 districts on December 19-20, 2016.

The objective of the workshop is to build the capacities of the officials so that they can contribute effectively in preparing a holistic, realistic and multi-sectoral disaster management plan of their respective districts. The workshop helped in establishing a basic understanding of the concepts of disaster management such as Hazard, Risk, Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (HRVCA); National Disaster Management Act,2005; UP State Disaster Management Act 2005; Emergency Support Functions; Standard Operating Procedures; roles and responsibilities of State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) and DDMAs; and guidelines for preparing district disaster management plan.

The workshop was further divided into four groups wherein each group was given a topic for deliberations and recommendations. Dr. Abdhesh Kumar Gangwar, Programme Director CEE Himalaya and CEE North-East and Ms. Himani Joshi, Project Officer, CEE Himalaya were invited as a resource person to facilitate a session on Disaster Management Acts on 20 th December 2016. The session discussed the similarities and differences between National Disaster Management Act, 2005 and UP State Disaster Management Act, 2005 and come up with recommendations, presented at the concluding plenary session of the workshop, to further strengthen the State Disaster Management Act and the efforts of the state for disaster mitigation and management.

In the first part, the participants mainly comprised of officials from District Magistrate Office; District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs); District Institute of Rural Development (DIRD), Regional Institute of Rural Development (RIRD) and other line department such as Fire Department, Irrigation Department, Agriculture Department, and Revenue Department, Health Department, Public Works Department, and more.