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Workshop organised by the Department of Geography

Workshop On ‘Disaster Preparedness: A Community based Management Approach for My City Kolkata’

Organized by the Department of Geography, Loreto College, Kolkata
24th and 25th September, 2014


The recent Urban Disasters in the country have brought to the forefront critical concerns regarding the Disaster Preparedness and Management. Hence, the Department of Geography of Loreto College, Kolkata had organized a two-day Workshop on the theme ‘Disaster Preparedness: A Community based Management Approach for My City Kolkata’ on the 24 and 25 September, 2014.

The workshop was organized for schools located in Kolkata with a view to train them to respond to an emergency situation that may arise in their own schools. The workshop was attended by 10 schools located across Kolkata.

Day 1 – 24th September, 2014

The Keynote Address was delivered by Mr. Jude Henriques, International Consultant, Caritas Germany, on Disaster Preparedness; and former faculty member, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He gave a discourse on the concepts of disaster, hazard and event with the aid of several examples from the world over. Prof. Abdul Gani gave a comprehensive assessment of the disaster scenario of West Bengal. The aspect of disasters at home was dealt with by Ms. Debasree Sinha on behalf of the Department of Geography. Mr. Tapas Ghatak, highlighted the extent of human contribution to disasters, with special reference to the situation in and the vulnerable areas of Kolkata. The session was fittingly concluded by presentations from the 10 participating schools on the evacuation plans of their schools in case of an emergency.

Day 2 – 25th September, 2014.

The session commenced with a presentation by Mrs. Mallika Jalan, of The Centre for Contemporary Communication (CCC). She emphasized the importance of the urban greens of Kolkata and the need for their conservation. Mr. D.P. Biwas, former Additional Secretary, Fire and Emergency Services, Government of West Bengal; enriched the audience with his expertise and experience in the field of fire safety. The workshop reached its appropriate conclusion with the presentation by Prof. Jayanta Basu, Head, Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta, on the state of disasters and the inadequate preparedness of Kolkata to face them. Once again the participating schools got the opportunity to showcase their ideas and awareness to face disasters in their home city as members of the urban community. The workshop came to a close with the distribution of a Disaster Management Manual to each school, By Mr. Jude Henriques and Sr. Christine Coutinho, Principal, Loreto College, Kolkata.



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