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Annual Training Conference at NIDM, New Delhi, 8th March 2016

National Institute of Disaster Management has been entrusted with the responsibility for capacity building, training, research, documentation and policy advocacy in the field of disaster management by the Disaster Management Act 2005. In order to fulfill the obligations under the law, NIDM has been conducting face-to-face training programmes for officers of various Central Ministries/ departments, State Governments, local governments and other stakeholders on various aspects of disaster management. The Institute has been instrumental in implementing various capacity building initiatives taken by Government of India till date and also has been collaborating with different stakeholders in the field of disaster management for far reaching effects of DRR initiatives.

In the pursuit of propagating DRR in the country through capacity building, NIDM has developed various training modules of different sectors and themes. It conducts training courses in 15 different themes and conducts about 80 training courses every year. Some of these courses are conducted in-house while others are conducted with State Governments through State Administrative Training Institutes.

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National Workshop on "Management of Animals in Emergencies" at National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi, 3rd - 4th March 2016

First of its kind National Workshop on "Management of Animals in Emergencies" was organized by NIDM in association with Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries (DADF), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, Policy Perspectives Foundation (PPF) and World Animal Protection. The aim of the National Workshop was to sensitize the key State Government Authorities of State Animal Husbandry Departments in exploring strategies for effectively managing the animal welfare needs during emergencies and protecting the livelihood of communities reliant on them for survival.

Hon'ble Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated the workshop. In his inaugural address Honorable Union Minister highlighted the significance of animals in Indian context by saying "animals are at the heart of everything, be it family, culture and livelihood, animals are an intrinsic part of our lives". He further emphasized the importance of animals in our economy and need for protection by mentioning "Animals are the assets of the nation and it is our foremost duty to protect them". Shri K. M. Singh, Former Member NDMA, Prof. Santosh Kumar, Executive Director NIDM and Shri Gajender Sharma, Country Director of World Animal Protection India also addressed the gathering during the inaugural function.

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Workshop on "Disaster Risk Management in Museums" at Kolkata, 29th February 2016 - 1st March 2016

Disaster Management Plan (DMP) is very important for any museum. It makes those who are involved in the management of museum, aware of the various disasters possible in a museum, prevention procedures, training in disaster management, and post-disaster procedures for museum objects. In this context the Indian Museum and Victoria Memorial Hall jointly organized a two day disaster management preparedness workshop on 29 February - 01 March 2016 in Kolkata in collaboration with NDMA on "Disaster Risk Management in Museums". The objective of the workshop was to train the curators, security personnel, administration and other stakeholders responsible for upkeep of museum in preparation of DMP.

Workshop started with opening remarks of Prof Jayanta Sengupta, Secretary & Curator Indian Museum and Victoria Memorial Hall followed by observations of Shri Kamal Kishore, Member, NDMA which specified Introduction to the workshop and its objectives. This was followed by participants' introduction and expectations. The participants included officials/ staff of Indian museum and Victoria Memorial Hall, officials of GSI, CISF, Police officers etc. The two days workshop included presentations by museum experts on 'Disaster Risk Management', 'Institutional and Legislative Arrangements relevant to Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in Museums', 'Challenges and Opportunities for Museums in India' and 'Good Practices on DRM in Museums.

During the Workshop a scenario of a fictitious museum, struck with a disaster, including its collection, visitors profile, resources etc. was introduced. Participants were divided in four groups and asked to come up with recommendation to be included in the DM plan with focus on safety of visitors, safety of staff, and the salvage, evacuation, packing & storage of some of the most important artifacts in the museum. The four groups formed were 'General Public', 'Security & Guides', 'Curators & Conservators' and Administrators.

Shri Rajesh Kumar Singh, Joint Director, NIDM represented the institute in the workshop as a technical expert on 'Integration of disaster risk reduction elements in Cultural Heritage Sector'. He along with other DM experts helped participants to go through simulation exercise, conduct the hazard-hunt exercise in and around Indian museum and identify the key elements for inclusion in the DM Plan of Museum.

Building on the output of the workshop, NDMA and NIDM may provide technical support to other museums in India for the preparation and finalization of their respective DM plans.

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