Over the past two months, Mumbai has witnessed several setbacks most recently a law and order situation.
In an attempt to help citizens tackle these disasters calmly, the civic body has prepared a guidebook and is conducting training programmes to grade the city in terms of a Community Resiliency Index (CRI). Community resiliency refers to the ability of a citizen to adapt to and recover from a disaster.
“The idea behind developing the indicator was to assist people who are at the spot of a disaster to retain their cool and respond to the situation quickly,” said SS Shinde, joint municipal commissioner in charge of disaster management.
“We are developing a strong workforce, and have been conducting training programmes and workshops for our civic staff,” he said, adding that recently a training workshop was also conducted for nurses in civic hospitals.
Participants have to respond to questions based on ten vital indicators - calmness, dignity, ability, grace, order, sacrifice, tenderness, training, the role of media and conscience. “We ask participants to answer the same set of questions before and after training. The difference in their answers will help them judge their own preparation,” Shinde said.
The 23-member core group comprises officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Advanced Locality Managements (ALMs), Community-Based Organisations (CBOs), non-profit organisations and the BEST and fire department. “While thousand copies of the guidebook’s English edition have been published, work is on to print its Marathi editions,” said Indrani Malkani, member, V Citizens’ Action Network.