Don Bosco Veedu Society organized a Community Based Disaster Management training program for the youth at Karimadom slum in collaboration with the Disaster Management Committee, Government of Kerala. The training program was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Saji Elmbasserril SDB (Director, Don Bosco Veedu). The session was led by Mr. Vijeesh Variyath (Resource person, Disaster Management Committee, Government of Kerala). 50 youth from the Karimadom slum participated in the training session.
The training session contents are as follows:
Natural Disasters- Classification, risk, hazard, vulnerability, mitigation, preparedness, relief, rehabilitation, and development.
Authority coordination- Importance of the coordination of government authorities, roles, and responsibilities.
Planning and preparedness- Resource mapping, vulnerability reduction, Coordination and control, Communication with the responsible authorities and control rooms.
Post-disaster initiatives- Camp management, community kitchen, relief coordination – distribution and storage of supplies.
The Disaster management authority of the government has shown interest recently in enrolling the youth participants in their team of disaster management army in which they have invited every youth across Kerala since the state of Kerala has been facing natural disasters every year. The youth army is officially termed “Sannadha Sena” which has to be registered online on the official website of the Disaster management authority. the registered youth will be called for continuous training and will be made to participate in mock drills which will be organized by the government and valid certificates will be provided for the same. In the last three years, Kerala state faced disasters and this type of training will help the people to overcome the problems and work together. So we want to enlarge the areas of training and reached all the youngsters, then provide the proper training with the support of GlobalGiving and government.