Support to develop risk sensitive contingency/emergency response plan of private hospital and small and medium scale enterprises

1Training cum workshop on development of contingency plan was organized in coordination with Shankharapur Business Group and Local Disaster and Climate Resilient Committee. Altogether, 22 participants joined in representing Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs)- Mills (furniture and food processing), Brick manufacturing factories, Schools, Private hospitals, and Shankharapur Business Group. The three-day event merged the theoretical presentation followed by group work and visit of nearby school and hospital to have better comprehension of evacuation routes and risk elements. The participants developed their evacuation maps during the event along with a draft sketch of their contingency plan.

2 The final draft of plans will be shared with the project team and will be placed at their institutions. The activity has helped visualize the risk factors to the participants (representative of private sector), sensitized that a small investment or simply perception change can help them minimize the risk they are prone to. It has motivated them for disaster preparedness to ensure continuity of their post disaster initiatives. This will support in preparing the community for rapid response and continue their services during and after the disaster.

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Training on Community Search and Rescue

29472414_1112065625601943_2981068218115817472_oA-five-day long training on community search and rescue was conducted for the 24 team members of a task force team of ward 6 and 8 in technical support of Nepal Red Cross Society, Bhaktapur. The objective of the training was to enhance knowledge and understanding among stakeholders on disaster management, develop the concept of first aid and community search and rescue, develop the knowledge and skill of helping disaster affected people, develop the skill and knowledge of identifying the needs of disaster affected people, enhance knowledge and understanding on basic first aid and search and rescue, enhance understanding of the importance of basic first aid during search and rescue, enhance the knowledge of coordination, leadership, team mobilization and communication during search and rescue, and prepare the human resources to support search and rescue including first aid during disaster. The team will be an asset of the municipality to support during any kind of disaster.folder 1

Basic First Aid Training

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A three-day long basic first aid training was conducted for 24 members for the Task Force Team, in the technical support of Nepal Red Cross Society, Bhaktapur. The team included representatives from the communities and private sectors. This team will be kept intact as to support during any disaster as well as other emergencies.

7Objectives of the training were to enhance knowledge and understanding on disaster management, introduce concept, principle and process along with objective of first aid, to discuss and determine do’s and don’ts of first aid during an emergency and to enhance knowledge and skills regarding first aid.

Earthquake Safety Day

The PRAGATI project organised several programmes to mark Earthquake Safety Day on Jan 16, in Changunarayan and Sankharapur Municipality.

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Awareness Rally was organized on the occasion of 20th Earthquake Safety Day in collaboration with the District Disaster Management Committee and Nepal Red Cross Society, Bhaktapur. It was organized to spread awareness on earthquake safety measures, disaster prevention and mitigation messages, preparedness, importance of following Nepal National Building Code through play cards. In the rally, 47 people participated directly and awareness messages could reach to more than 500 community people of the surrounding area.

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Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act orientation program was conducted on 19th of January for the local representatives of 9 wards of Changunarayan Municipality. Mayor, Deputy Mayor of Changunarayan including Deputy Mayor of Suryabinayak Municipality participated in the program. The orientation helped enhance their knowledge and understanding on the provisions of the Act. Local representatives understood their responsibilities and legal mandates to mainstream DRR into development plans.

2The program helped sensitize the local representatives to internalize DRR activities along with the development activities. They expressed their commitment to internalize DRR safety measures at ward and municipal level. The Deputy mayor of Suryabinayak Municipality was motivated to conduct the similar events in her municipality. She said that the programme was very effective. She will also organize similar kind of program in her municipality.

Interaction program on “Role of Private Sectors on DRR” was also organized on 19th of January. The program was focused to orient and sensitize the private sectors of Changunarayan Municipality on the importance of their role to reduce and manage the risk of disaster. There was presence of representatives from private cooperatives, homestay operators and schools. They were sensitized on ways the private sector can support disaster prevention/mitigation and preparedness. Continue reading

Capacity Building of Staff

IMG_0036The communication officer of the PRAGATI project held photo/video/case story writing training, in a bid to build capacity of the project’s partners’ staff. The training was designed to provide basic mobile photography and videography skill to the field staffs – project coordinator and social mobilisers of both organisations – NDRC and FSCN. In the training, the team also explored possible stories of the area.

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Workshop on “Sensitization on Implementation of Nepal National Building Code to the Private Sector”

On 28th February, a workshop was organized on “Nepal National Building Code (NNBC) and Role of Private Sectors to implement the NNBC. The program was jointly organized by PRAGATI Project and Changunarayan Municipality with the aim of sensitizing the stakeholders directly or indirectly responsible to the implement the NNBC.

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The private sectors such as bank and financial institutions, insurance companies, construction business, journalists, municipality, tourism entrepreneurs and members of Home Stay Association actively participated in the workshop. The Deputy Mayor and coordinator of the Municipal Disaster Management Committee, Bina Bastola, urged the stakeholders to do their part for the effective implementation of the NNBC. The DUDBC building code section engineer presented on building code and highlighted how private sectors could support to implement it.

He shed light on several provisions in building code that facilitates the earthquake affected people to rebuild the houses in case engineers are not available. Lack of clarity regarding some important information in the building code has hindered local people to put it into practice. Municipality along with the project has been thinking of spreading awareness to the affected community about the simple and easy provisions of constructing earthquake resilient houses to accelerate the reconstruction process.

In the workshop, engineers from DUDBC Bhaktapur division office shared that more than 90% of the building in Bhaktapur have not followed the NNBC which has increased the risk of damage during future disaster, especially earthquake. Representatives from bank and financial institutions highlighted the need of safer investment and use of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) budget in Disaster Risk Reduction activities.

Exposure Visit to National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC)

1The Mayor, deputy Mayor, chief executive officer, security force representative, IT personnel, media professional, computer operators, ward chairpersons of project areas (ward 6, 7 and 9 of Shankharapur and ward 6 and 8 of Changunarayan municipality) were oriented on roles and responsibilities of Emergency Operation Centre. The authorities were taken for a visit to the NEOC on 22nd February, 2018 where the chief of NEOC described about the legislative obligation to establish Emergency Operation Center (EOC) at the municipality level, along with other provisions of Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act.

3He also explained the functions and minimum requirement of EOC and its importance for DRR. “Information management and coordination is soul of the EOC, it is non-negotiable for the establishment of EOC,” he emphasized. The participants were also taken around the NEOC and informed on procedured of information management and communication. They were sensitized on need and requirement of EOC. The activity will help in motivating the authorities for establishment and functioning of EOC in the respective municipality which will ultimately support in improving emergency response capacity of community through availability of required information and proper coordination.2