Training programme on Incident Response System begins in Shillong

Shillong, June 24: A three-day training programme on Incident Response System (IRS) for the Incident Response Teams (IRTs) of Shillong City began on Monday to provide management skills to the different stakeholders who are working in disaster management and incident response planning.

The training programme was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chairperson District Disaster Management Authority, East Khasi Hills District, Matsiewdor War Nongbri at the Training Hall, Meghalaya Bharat Scouts and Guides, Shillong.

In her address, The Deputy Commission said that the training has been designed to provide management skills to the different stakeholders working in disaster management and incident response planning, and the training will provide quick and detailed planning on how to response effectively during disasters.

The Deputy Commissioner also released the Multi Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (HRVA) Report and Risk Atlas of the City of Shillong prepared by RMSI Pvt. Ltd, India.

The HRVA for the municipal area of the city of Shillong, Meghalaya has been carried out as part of this on-going USAID-GOI-UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Programme and aimed at strengthening the institutional structure to undertake disaster risk reduction activities at various levels, and develop preparedness for recovery.

The three-day training includes Planning, Operation and Logistic sections of the seven zones of Shillong city can draw from the HRVA Report as the latter identifies the particular Risks and Vulnerabilities of the different areas of the city.

The IRTs designated for each of the seven zones can take into cognizance these particular vulnerabilities and work out specific modalities for quick and effective response for the same based on the Incident Response System.

Disaster Management expert, Surajit Bordoloi, is the resource person for the three-day training which will be attended by around 340 personnel from the Planning, Operation and Logistic sections of the Incident Response Teams.

The programme was attended by I. Majaw, ADC and CEO, DDMA, East Khasi Hills District, P. Lyngba, DDMO, East Khasi Hills District, Maitreyee Mukherjee, City Project Coordinator, UNDP, Shillong among others.