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The Five FAQs - Earthquake

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What is an earthquake?  The sudden tremors, shaking or vibration of the earth’s surface is called an earthquake. It results from the release of accumulated stress of the moving lithospheric or crustal plates.  Why does it occur?  There are natural factors as well as man made factors. Natural factors include disturbance in the earth’s crust (uppermost layer of the earth) or movement of earth’s plates, volcanic eruption, hitting of a meteor on earth. Man made factors include construction, underground explosion etc. What precautions can a person take to stay safe from an earthquake?  Consulting structural engineers and designing the infrastructure of our cities to be as earthquake resistant can help in long term prevention from earthquakes. It is advised that the infrastructure complies with the National Building Codes (NBC). Cracks on walls, ceilings should be repaired and shelves should be fastened securely to walls, placing heavy/large objects on lower shelves. How can p

Reform, Perform, Transform

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A brief of the initiatives undertaken by NDMA under the dynamic leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister and Chairman of NDMA, Shri Narendra Modi to make India a disaster-resilient country, highlighting how ‘good governance’ changed the landscape of disaster management in India. For the same purpose, dedicated booklets were prepared by NDMA.  Aapda Mitra - A prime example of community-based disaster management  Aapda Mitra – a force of volunteers from across India trained in disaster response – is becoming a game changer in the field of disaster management in the country. This booklet highlights the journey of Aapda Mitra scheme from its pilot status to becoming a people's movement for disaster response and risk reduction, putting India on the global map in the domain of Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction. Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction - A transformative journey towards a disability-inclusive society   Persons with disabilities experience the

Early Planning for Early Action - Heat Wave

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In recent years, heat wave has increased in intensity and duration over the country whereby a number of States/districts/cities/towns have been severely affected. This year, the States have to simultaneously manage COVID-19 and heat wave. Therefore, State governments need to be prepared for a different kind of experience of vulnerability and exposure to heat wave and devise mitigation measures accordingly. To tackle heat wave in the summer of 2021, preparations for the same started way before in January itself. NDMA held a National Webinar on Heat Wave (Theme: Early Planning for Heat Wave Risk Reduction) on 19th January 2021 inviting academicians, policy makers, Central Ministries, NGOs, IGOs, State Governments and other stakeholders to discuss ways to tackle issues related to heat wave. The webinar was divided into three technical sessions. The first technical session focused on heat wave risk reduction, early warning, forecasting and communication strategy. It began w