Union Minister for Jal Shakti released Manual For Disaster Management Plan

Source: The post is based on the article Union Minister for Jal Shakti released Manual For Disaster Management Plan  published in PIB on 22nd July 2023. 

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Union Minister for Jal Shakti has released the Manual for Disaster Management Plan (DMP)

About the Manual for Disaster Management Plan (DMP):

Developed by: Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

Aim: To ensure safety, uninterrupted supply and minimum loss of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) assets and services involving stakeholders at national, state, district and village level.

Based on: The plan is developed based on the Advisory issued by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) which under Section 37 of Disaster Management Act, 2005 desires every Ministry/ Department to develop its own disaster plan to counter and be prepared for any emergency arising in future.

Significance: The plan aligns with the two-flagship programmes on WASH implemented by the Department namely the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) and Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G).

What are the key provisions of the Disaster Management Plan (DMP) developed by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation?

The plan explores the Disaster Management(DM) Cycle in four stages: 

Preparedness: Preparing WASH assets and services for disasters includes ensuring that the system is geared to respond swiftly and effectively to a disaster. The key elements of WASH Preparedness include the 5Ss: Standards, Supplies, Surge (additional personnel), Strategic alliances and Surveillance.

Response: Disaster response includes emergency services provided during or immediately after a disaster to save lives, reduce health impacts, ensure public safety and meet the basic needs. 

– In case of the WASH disaster response, this includes the immediate steps taken to restore water supply, correct water quality issues, and provide solutions for sanitation and hygiene.

Recovery and Reconstruction: Recovery and Reconstruction includes the restoration – and improvement where appropriate – of the facilities, livelihoods and living conditions of the affected communities. 

– In the context of WASH, this means the restoration of water, sanitation, and hygiene systems – not just to their pre-disaster levels, but to actually “build back beer” so that they are less vulnerable to future disasters of a similar nature.

Mitigation: Mitigation includes the steps taken to minimize the vulnerability of WASH infrastructure and services to future disasters.

Assessment: Three kinds of assessment need to be conducted

Before the disaster: A Hazard-Vulnerability-Capacity mapping to guide the preparedness activities most needed.

– During Response: A Rapid Needs Assessment (RNA) which can be completed in a day and point out the immediate needs of the affected population.

– During Recovery & Reconstruction: A detailed Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) which highlights the long-term needs of the community and helps the administration “build back better” the damaged infrastructure and update the service delivery mechanisms to mitigate against future disasters.

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