Training and Capacity Building
As per the Disaster Management Act (2005), capacity-building includes:
- Identification of existing resources and resources to be acquired or created;
- Acquiring or creating resources identified under sub-clause (i);
- Organisation and training of personnel and coordination of such trainings for effective management of disasters.
The primary purpose of capacity-building in disaster management is to reduce risk and thus make communities safer. This can be done by increasing resilience and enhancing coping capacities. Effective capacity-building at the district level requires the active participation of all those who are tasked with it. It must, therefore, include maintaining a comprehensive and up-to-date District Disaster Management Resource Inventory, awareness generation, education, Research and Development (R&D) and systematic and systematized training. The Deputy Commissioner should ensure the following capacity-building activities of the entire district, and the various Heads of Departments should ensure capacity-building of their respective departments. Furthermore, the Nodal Officers should, in coordination with the HODs, procure relevant equipment for disaster management activities.
Capacity Building Plan
Capacity Building develops and strengthens skills, competencies and abilities of both Government and non–government officials and communities to achieve their desired results during and after disasters, as well as preventing hazardous events from becoming disasters. When undertaking disaster management planning assessments, it is important that the indigenous traditions, methods and materials being used for disaster management locally are considered and incorporated appropriately.