How prepared would India be if there were to be a chemical attack at a major city or installation? A few years ago, the answer might have been ‘poorly’. But today the answer is ‘well-prepared'.
Defence Minister AK Antony released the National Disaster Management Guidelines on Management of Chemical (Terrorism) Disaster. The guidelines have been prepared by the National Disaster Management Authority with the help of experts.
The guidelines focus on various aspects of prevention, protection, detection and decontamination of chemical agents and the parameters for mitigation and preparedness along with setting a roadmap for emergency response at the site of incident.
Success of these guidelines will depend on the preparation of plans and their implementation by all stake holders backed by adequate funded for carrying out various developmental and infrastructure plans, especially in various hospitals of the country.