A massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on 25th April 2015. The communities East Delhi also experienced the earthquake tremors and aftershocks. Although, People in corners discussing amongst themselves on adequate safety measures to be taken and available resources to cope with the situation. We have very short memory of disaster if we are not involved in it directly. The short lived memories of people often keep them away from realizing the need to be disaster resilient.
In East Delhi earthquake tremors and aftershocks have in fact forced the communities to think on several factors which may lead to any disaster. Long duration earthquake shocks and trauma have compelled them to consider some serious actions and invest enough in prevention and preparedness. From the development perspective there is a rapid urbanization; however, we are not disaster prepared. We need to take concrete measures for coping up with any disasters.
In March 2015, World conference on Disaster risk reduction was held in Sendai, Miyagi Japan for post 2015- frame work for Disaster Risk reduction. This also gives us an opportunity to build resilience. The given priorities for actions in the frame work are;
1. Understanding disaster risk
2. Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
3. Investing disaster risk reduction for resilience
4. Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction
Disaster risk management is not only the concern of government and disaster managers alone. Every citizen must be empowered to minimize risk which makes them vulnerable to any hazards at certain level. Therefore, effective multi stakeholder’s coordination is very important at every level including government institutions, local political leaders, subject experts, and other private and government organizations, technical and non technical institutions.
Be Prepared Be safe.