South District, being a hilly district is mostly affected by the natural disasters of land slide, flash flood, high speed wind, drought, forest fire and hail storm. Further, it lies under seismic zone IV which is known as a very high risk zone. The District Disaster Management Committee has been formed under the Chairmanship of District Collector to evaluate the Disaster Preparedness for different type of Calamities at different times over a year that may occur. The Committee is the Pioneer Committee in the District to take stock of the situation, monitor routine preparedness, suggests improving response mechanism and develops a document for disaster management in the District.
WHY IT IS
At the outset of the Planning it can be referred to the preface given by District Collector that District Disaster Management Plan is inevitable. The only strong administrative units linkup between bottom & the top. There is no doubt about its formulation, vow for preparedness and commitment for its positive implementation at the hour of crisis. The plan is viable because it envisages the following factors critically from a practical point of view.
- Risk assessment & Vulnerability analysis.
- Establishing culture of quick and effective response.
- Maintaining cohesiveness & uniformity in the formulation of a strategy taking a wide range of heterogeneous factors posed by a Disaster.
An effective and realistic District Disaster Management Plan with full proof communication, authentic and accurate data base, documented and rehearsed to be activated in the shortest possible time with minimum simple orders and procedures ensuring active participation both by Government ,Community and Volunteers at all levels making optimum utilisation of men, material and available resources with no gaps or no over laps to prevent loss to lives and minimise loss to property ensuring fastest approach for rescue, rehabilitation & to avert further misereres of the calamity stricken people. There is a saying that a friend in need is a friend indeed. The DDMP like a true friend will obviously guide the entire machinery engaged for relief operation and input courage among the community to face the eventuality boldly.