Reform, Perform, Transform

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 impact of disasters and climate change disproportionately. This booklet showcases the first comprehensive set of guidelines issued by any country globally on disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction (DiDRR) - ‘National Disaster Management Guidelines on Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction, 2019’. It also highlights other measures taken by the Government of India to make India a truly disability-inclusive society.

National Disaster Management Plan - A comprehensive step towards reducing disaster risk

It was only in 2016, more than ten years after enactment of the Disaster Management Act 2005 that NDMA under the directives of the Hon'ble Prime Minister and Chairman, prepared a comprehensive and progressive National Disaster Management Plan which has enabled better planning and risk reduction at all levels. This booklet delves into the comprehensiveness and progressiveness of the National Disaster Management Plan of India. 

Beating the Heat - How India successfully reduced mortality due to heat waves 

Until 2015, the deaths and diseases heat waves brought were not accorded due recognition at the national level as hazards. However, as soon as Hon'ble Prime Minister & Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Shri Narendra Modi assumed charge of the Authority, he gave due importance to management of heat wave. This booklet looks into the steps taken to significantly reduce heat wave-related deaths and illnesses in India. 

Getting a Grip on Landslides - Reducing the risk of landslides in India 

In recent years, the incidence of landslides has increased due to extreme weather events, environmental degradation due to human interference and other anthropogenic activities, resulting in heavy loss of human lives, livestock and property. This booklet sheds light on technology solutions implemented by the Government of India to minimize the impact of landslides in the country. 

Mock Exercises - Capacity Building through formal training 

After the enactment of the Disaster Management Act 2005, NDMA began conducting mock exercises as a means of capacity building to competently prevent, mitigate, prepare, handle the aftermath of any hazard/ disaster. This booklet looks into the restructuring of the Mock Exercise programme in India and other steps taken to enhance capacity building of States and districts through formal training.

Psychosocial Care - Mitigating the impact of disasters on mental health 

Psychosocial interventions refer to strategies that target stress or concern. Mental health professionals help the community to deal with the potential threat of a disaster on their physical and mental health. This booklet highlights the importance of psychosocial care in managing disasters effectively. It takes into account psychosocial support provided during COVID-19 disaster and steps taken to avert the impact of it on people’s mental health.

Thunderstorm and Lightning - Tackling weather hazards 

Thunderstorms, associated with lightning strikes, have emerged as one of the major weather hazards in recent years in many parts of the country. The severity and frequency of thunderstorms/dust storms are expected to rise in the years ahead due to rising global temperatures. This booklet looks into the measures implemented by the Government of India to improve the capacity of the states to deal with these incidents in a scientific and planned manner as well as strategies to minimise loss to lives and property'.

Reaching out to save lives - How social media transformed India’s readiness towards disasters 

This booklet describes how the Government of India, under the vision and direction of Hon'ble Prime Minister and Chairman of NDMA Shri Narendra Modi, has acknowledged the significance of social media in managing disasters. This booklet also tells the story of how the National Disaster Management Authority's social media initiative was transformed into an interactive single window for information related to disasters catering to the digital aspirations of new India. 

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