SHOPIAN 1 March: The District Disaster Management authority Shopian today convened a meeting with all stakeholders and concerned officers under the chairmanship of District Disaster Management Authority Shopian, Mohammad Aijaz (DDC).
The meeting was informed that a state of art District Disaster Management Centre would be setup in Shopian.
The District currently promotes an integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to disaster management and also facilitates disaster management planning activities and the implementation of disaster risk reduction and preparedness programmes with special emphasis on prevention and mitigation.
Establishment of the New District Disaster Management Centre in Shopian will also enhance the institutional Capacity in Disaster Management, Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction & Fire Service at District as well as Local levels.
The District Disaster Mangement Centre embarks on a comprehensive risk assessment on fire hydrants through-out the district to identify, locate, map, and ascertain the condition of fire hydrants both in residential and business settlements.
Based on a thorough risk analysis, identified vulnerable communities will be provided with risk reduction measures such as lightning conductors where the frequency of lightning strikes is more prevalent. Communities which are prone to fire incidents will be provided with smoke alarm detectors to support them by providing early warning during fire season.
In order to build resilient communities, a series of workshops cum training programmes are held to empower community members to understand their risk vulnerability more importantly how to prepare and respond to different seasonal hazards.
Such exercises are conducted with the help of local traditional leadership to assist learners to be aware and ready for different adverse eventualities
The District Disaster Management authority conducts workshops in partnership with key stakeholders to openly discuss matters of common interest with an objective to establish practical strategies to deal with effects of adverse weather and man-made disastrous incidents
The District Disaster Management Authority Shopian also supports public events in making necessary safety plans to ensure public safety during and after events.