In order to improve disaster management and emergency response at a local level for any kind of disasters like train accidents, natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, fire or others or emergencies faced by communities or citizens, online and mobile based local communities have been formed for 100 districts in India in last month.
The initiative brought together by the Ministry of Railways, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and LocalCircles. This initiative is aimed at creating easily accessible online and mobile based disaster and emergency response ecosystem in every district in India so in case of an emergency, help can be quickly mobilised and information can be easily disseminated.
Over 100,000 citizens have already been connected within the last month across 100 districts. Other stake holders like National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), State Disaster Management Units, District Magistrates, District Police, Blood Banks, Hospitals, NGOs will be invited very soon to join their district’s respective disaster and emergency response circle. Over the next one year, the connectivity will be extended to all 640 districts in the country.
Within minutes of the earthquake at noon on Saturday, April 25th, information was broadcast in the North India Emergency Response circles followed by detailed Earthquake do’s and don’ts. The information came in handy for citizens during the follow on tremors on Saturday and Sunday. In almost all instances of disasters and emergencies, it is the local people that can assist the fastest. So, be it a train accident, an earthquake or someone needing blood, connecting the citizens at a local level with each other and the authorities for emergency response is the sole objective of this initiative.