Thrissur: In a bid to provide specialist response to people during natural disasters, the corporation here is planning to form its own disaster management force. The corporation council has approved the formation of the force after getting nod from the directorate of urban affairs.
The force will be created after imparting requisite training to a 15-member team, comprising youths, from each ward. The corporation will also buy necessary equipment for the disaster response team. The primary objectives of the force are: to chalk out a disaster prevention blueprint for malls, high-rise buildings, schools and hospitals; to make sure that casualty wards and blood banks of the hospitals are equipped to function during disasters; to ensure that various alters reach people, and the culverts are cleaned before each rainy season; and to start flood mitigation activities in the city.
Besides, the force has to look into the dangers of dilapidated buildings, and overaged and shriveled trees. The team also has the responsibility to control crowd on the city roads during festivals. A set of rules will be framed for the functioning of the force based on Disaster Management Act, 2005.
A three-tier system
The force will have three tiers – Disaster Prevention Management team, City Crisis Management team and Response team. Health supervisor will be the nodal officer of the Disaster Prevention Committee. The officials of the engineering, revenue and health departments, and the heads of the zonal offices and water authority will be the members of the committee.
Corporation additional secretary will be the captain of the City Crisis Management team, and its members will be health supervisor, accounts officer, executive engineer and assistant secretary.
The third team, the Response team, will consist of health officials, assistant engineer, overseers and volunteers.
Many employees of the electricity wing of the Thrissur Corporation have joined the force.
First in Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvananthapuram Corporation was the first one in the state to start a local disaster management force. The local self-government institutions across the state formed the disaster response teams on the lines of the force created by the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation. The fund needs of the force would be presented yearly before the district planning committee. The corporation could also raise funds for the functioning of the disaster management teams.
1. To ensure precautionary and preventive measures in a bid to cushion the impact of natural disasters.
2. To develop soft skills of the employees.
3. To streamline the working of the corporation in relation to disaster management.
4. To initiate research on disaster management.