The state government is promoting a culture of prevention and preparedness to cope with all types of disasters through information communication and technology (ICT). Informing this, vice- chairman of the State Disaster Management Authority (HPSDMA) Rajinder Rana said mainstreaming of disaster management with developmental planning and process by use of technology has become an essential part to handle any kind of catastrophe, and a crucial meeting to discuss the future course of action in this regard would be held under chairmanship of chief minister Virbhadra Singh on July 11.
Rana revealed that the state was one among the most disaster-prone states of the country and was vulnerable to 25 types of hazards, both natural and man-made, as identified by the government of India in one of its report.
“The government is committed to build a safer and disaster resilient state by developing a holistic, proactive, multi-disaster strategy. It will be achieved by nurturing a culture of prevention, mitigation and preparedness through the use of ICT,” said Rana.
He said the state with its complex geological structures presents a complicated topography.
“It is the geophysical setting of the state that controls and defines the meteorological characteristics and also has bearing on the occurrence and intensity of natural and man-made disasters,” said Rana, adding that the account of the damage caused and the nature of disasters in the hilly states, including Uttrakhand, were horrifying and was an alarm to adopt measures to avoid such disasters in future.
Rana added that the aim of the HPSDMA would be to provide clear guidelines for post-disaster relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction codes through its executing agencies.
“HPSDMA intends to use technology at all levels, right from towns to villages to mitigate disasters and make people aware for imminent disasters,” noted Rana.
He added the ICT would be used effectively for responding in case of disasters and also for recovery and rehabilitation in aftermath of a calamity.
Stressing upon invoking ICT in effective manner to reduce disaster risks, he said in a state like Himachal, the use of technology to its potential in handling disasters was imperative.