By Nazima Sidiq
SRINAGAR: A day-long workshop on disaster preparedness organized by disaster management, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction (DMRRR) and tourism department in collaboration with state disaster response force, civil defence and district Red Cross society was held at Nigeen Club here.
More than 75 volunteers, including 15 women, belonging to different districts and professions, participated in the training. The workshop was inaugurated by director tourism Kashmir Mahmood Ahmed Shah. During the workshop, participants were imparted hands-on training in Search and Rescue, fire-fighting and first aid. A mock drill was also held on the occasion. “We have begun Community Disaster Preparedness in which people from different communities and districts would take part,” Amir Ali, director of disaster management said.
Mehnaz, a law student said that during the programme she came to know about various precautions the people can take while facing disasters.
“There should be a disaster awareness day in school just like fruit day or any other day celebrated in school so that the students learn as to how basic aid can be imparted,” Sana Jan, another participant said.
Abdul Gaffar, senior instruction of SDRF offered tips on search and rescue, fire fighting, mountain exercise including one-rope method, rambling and climbing.
“If a person knows what they have to do in case of emergency, they can save major injuries during the time of disaster,” Gaffar said.
Junaid Beigh, a member from Jammu and Kashmir Maintaining and Hiking club said, “In one day nobody can train and it is a big topic it cannot conclude in one day but we have to set our mind to help each other and learn these things.”
Meanwhile, training was held by the Power Development Department with support from Disaster Management, for lineman and workers of power development department. They were trained to adhere to safety measures while handling electric wires. The training was impacted by JE Electric Zahida, under the supervision of AEE Firdous Ahmed Bhat. The training was held in the wake of the unfortunate incident, where one worker lost his life, while repairing HT line in Srinagar. The training of the electricians and workers will be conducted every Saturday in the PDD office at Bemina.