‘Community-based disaster management preparedness underscored’
24 November 2015, Nirapad News: Community-based early disaster management preparedness with efficient emergency response systems, involving the common people, can reduce risks of natural disasters, loss of lives and damage of properties.
The opinion came at an orientation workshop organised by Rangpur City Corporation (RCC) and ‘Pollishree’ under the ”Enhancing Inclusive Disaster Resilience in Bangladesh (EIDRB)’ project with Oxfam assistance at Keramotia High School here on Monday.
The National Alliance for Risk Reduction and Response Initiatives Consortium extends cooperation for implementing the project to institutionalise Community-based Disaster Management Preparedness (CBDP) Model at the ward levels.
The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection extended financial assistance for arranging the workshop to institutionalise the Community-based Disaster Management Preparedness Model involving the local population at the ward levels.
Thirty members of the Ward Disaster Management Committees (WDMCs), Master Trainers, community leaders and volunteers participated in the workshop.
With headmaster of Keramotia High School Nazrul Islam in the chair, female city councilor from reserved wards of 18, 20 and 21 Jafrin Islam Ripa attended and addressed the workshop as the chief guest.
Project officer of ‘Pollishree’ Fazlul Haque delivered the keynote presentation in the workshop elaborately narrating the goals and objectives of the event as well as the ongoing project for building a disaster resilient Bangladesh.
Project Advocacy and Communication Officer of ‘Pollishree’ Rezaul Karim Reza narrated earthquake and other forms of natural disasters, statistics of loses of human lives and suggested way-outs for reducing disaster risks at the community levels.
They put emphasis on coordinated efforts of the GO-NGOs, public representatives and community leaders in creating awareness and disseminating necessary knowledge among the common people to reduce losses during natural disasters.