NIDM observes disaster reduction day tomorrow

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 09, 2012 13:50 hrs

The National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) is observing International Day for Disaster Reduction at India International Centre here on Wednesday.

Disaster Reduction Day is observed on the second Wednesday of October to raise the awareness about disaster risk reduction. It also encourages people and governments to participate in building resilient communities and nations.

Disaster Reduction Day offers an opportunity to focus national attention on this important issue and to create awareness about disasters and their management. This is in line with the United Nations' (UN) International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction which is annually observed to raise public awareness on the issues related to disaster risk reduction.

The occasion will be graced by Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran, Special Guest A.K. Mangotra, Secretary (BM), MHA and Guest of Honour Dr. Muzaffar Ahmed, and T. Nanda Kumar, Members, NDMA.

A special talk on the occasion will be delivered by B.K. Sharma, Former Principal, Ludlow Castle School, Delhi on Safe Schools: Journey of Ludlow Castle School. A book on 'Safeguard of Environment for Disaster Risk Reduction" will also be released by the Chief Guest.

NIDM had invited proposals from schools to develop their own "School Safety Plans," with an objective to create awareness among students, teachers and other stakeholders about school safety. Out of the overwhelming response received from schools, 15 selected plans across the country will be awarded Rs. 25,000 to each as prize along with certificates.

National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi, India, constituted under an Act of Parliament, is an apex National Institute of Government of India with the nodal responsibilities for human resource development, capacity building, training, research, documentation, public awareness and policy advocacy in disaster management. (ANI)

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