Disseminating “Culture of Risk” (Nepal, 2016)
Disaster cannot be totally prevented. However, the consequences of disaster can be reduced to some extent. Considering this fact, a training session on Disaster Risk Management was conducted as part of the Emergency Rain Project in the month of June.
The objective of the session was to familiarize the participants with natural disasters and disaster related terminology. A total of 12 residents from the Liwali internally displaced persons camp participated. Focuses of the session included the identification of possible risks, reviewing different types of disasters and how to prepare for future disasters. Additionally, participants learned about Disaster Risk Management Cycle. “It is important to make people understand how to mitigate the risk associated with disaster. Therefore the training session is an important step, which would help the community people to identify the possible disaster risks. In addition, it would even help to increase the capacity of an individual for better response so as to reduce human suffering and property losses,” said Sarita Pandey, facilitator of the training session.
The participants walked away from the training session invigorated with their newly acquired knowledge. “Previously, I had no knowledge about Disaster Risk Management. The training session enlightened me on how disaster management can be done. Besides, I even learnt how to rank the disaster risks, value it and even analyze them in order to reduce the consequences in future. Now I am able to rank several disaster risks of my community that can occur in future, prepare a response plan and minimize them as well,” says Shree Ram Khaito, resident of Liwali.
After the formal session, the participants helped generate a participatory social map and aso map out their community’s vulnerability onto a maitrix. Potential risks were identified. Krisha Koju, a resident of Liwali Camp said, “I had heard about disaster risk management before but now I am clearer about the concept. After the training session, I learnt how to respond during any disaster. Besides, I also understood what can be done before, during and after any disaster. What I learned today, I look forward to share it among friends and family so that they can also be aware how to be safe from disaster.”
By Uzabi Baidar, Guthi
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