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Need for creating Awareness and Preparedness to Mitigate Disasters stressed

16 November Shimla :Shri Gopal Chand, Additional Secretary Revenue said that every department would prepare a disaster management plan on the lines of State disaster management plan and submit to the revenue department. He was presiding over the Training Cum Mid-term Briefing Session on MW-8 Mandi Earthquake Scenario Multi State Exercise and Awareness Campaign and Mock-drill organized by the Revenue department here today.
He said that the State was highly vulnerable to various hazards and added that the present level of safety to mitigate a big earthquake has to be re-assessed. He said that all the life line buildings and structures as Schools, Hospitals, Important public offices, Police stations, Prisons, Fire stations, Reservoirs, cross country pipelines, main bridges were being identified all over the State so that a list of such structures and buildings could be prepared which could help in adopting possible measures of reducing vulnerability in these areas. He said that training to Engineers and Architects was being imparted at HIPA in order to carry out assessment of structures.
Shri D.C.Rana, State Project Officer Disaster Management gave a detailed presentation about the implementation of MW-8 Mandi Earthquake Scenario Project.
Shri Hari Kumar, Resource Person from Geo-Hazards Society New Delhi enlightened the officers about drafting the disaster management plans. Nodal officers from various departments attended the meeting.

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