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All about disaster management

Disaster management (DM) is about dealing with natural and manmade disasters. As a disaster management expert, you would be required to tackle disasters and then rebuild the affected area.

education Updated: Jan 04, 2012 11:51 IST

The lowdown
Disaster management (DM) is about dealing with natural and manmade disasters. As a disaster management expert, you would be required to tackle disasters and then rebuild the affected area. From disaster preparedness to its management, experts work on every aspect of containing the fallout of disasters. Disaster preparedness may include all the activities that are carried out during a disaster. It may start with issuing an advance notice of a catastrophe to inform people and mitigate the proposed damage through the use of available resources aimed at relief, and rehabilitation. Mitigation and management are the buzz words for disaster management experts

Clockwork
In case of calamity, one has to be on one’s toes all the time. However, in normal days the job is like any other job
9am: Reach office
10am: Go through the files and
discuss policy issues
1.30pm: Lunch
2pm: Back to work
5.30pm: Wind up the day’s work
6pm: Leave for office

The payoff
With five year’s experience, one can expect Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 per month. International NGOs offer Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.25 lakh per month. Post retirement, people can also work as consultants with consultancy companies such as E&Y, PwC, Morgan Stanley etc where they can get Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.25 lakh per month

Skills/TRAITS
* Mental and physical fitness to handle all types of circumstances
* Ability to take timely actions
* Alertness and ability to implement plans
* Ability to take responsibilities

Getting there
The courses are offered at the certificate, undergraduate, postgraduate degree and diploma levels

Institutes and URLs
* Indira Gandhi National Open University (New Delhi),
www.ignou.ac.in
* University of North Bengal (Darjeeling), www.nbu.ac.in
* International Centre of Madras University (University of Madras),
www.unom.ac.in
* Disaster Management Institute (Bhopal), www.dmibhopal.nic.in
* The National Civil Defense College (Nagpur), ncdcnagpur.nic.in

Pros and cons
* The fact that you can help people in cases of emergency or disasters is very satisfying
* Market has started to recognise the profession
* You might have to work in regions that have no infrastructure or communication facilities that can aid in your rescue works

People must understand that disaster management offers huge untapped potential for deserving candidates Mandeep Singh, member, Post Earthquake Reconnaissance (Sikkim 2011) formed by National Disaster Management Authority