: UN sources capture that in the last two decades; more than one and a half million people have been killed by natural disasters. The total number of people affected each year has doubled over the last decade.
The World Conference on Disaster Reduction was held from 18 to 22 January 2005 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, and adopted a Framework for Action 2005-2015 reveal that Disaster loss is on the rise with grave consequences for the survival, dignity and livelihood of individuals, particularly the poor and hard-won development gains.
The National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India (NDMA) enshrines its national vision as to build a safer and disaster resilient India by developing a holistic, proactive, multi-disaster and technology driven strategy for DM.
This will be achieved through a culture of prevention, mitigation and preparedness to reduce the impact of disasters on people.
The entire process will centre stage the community and will be provided momentum and sustenance through the collective efforts of all government agencies supported by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
Being an NGO representative in National Disaster Management Authority World Vision engages in both humanitarian relief and long-term community development, and is committed to building the ability of communities and institutions to become more resilient to the ravages of major disasters and low level vulnerabilities.
This experience has been gained from across the globe in areas of civil conflict, major natural disasters and chronic food insecure environments.
WV has focused on certain aspects of disaster management namely in the area of community and organizational preparedness and response systems, resources and mechanisms as well as investing in long term risk reduction work promoting community owned DRR initiatives with vulnerable communities.
During 2009 – 2010 alone World Vision India has trained 722 community volunteers and 98 community based staff. Nagaland is not absent from this focus of World Vision as it falls under Very High Earthquake Zone, Susceptible to Land Slide, Storm, Forest Fire, Communal Conflict and Epidemiological Hazard.
Balaji Soundararajan – Manager (Transition & Rehabilitation Programs) and PK Logun – Community Based Disaster Management of World Vision India trained 70 volunteers and 9 staff in Mon District on October 25 – 26, 2010 who are able to confidently facilitate the community in Disaster Risk Reduction.
The trained volunteers and the staff of Mon Area Development Program of World Vision will facilitate mapping hazard, risk, vulnerability, community capacity, community inventory and come up with Initial Disaster Preparedness Planning in 20 villages under Mon District on Nagaland.
Each of these villages will also be equipped with trained First Aid Workers, Search and Rescue Experts and Community Task Force.