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Cbdp Brochure

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Published by Jaimon C Uthup
Community Based Disaster Preparedness has now became a culture of living for the people of the coastal areas of Kerala. Community has owned up the project and they are now aware of disasters. Task forces have taken up the responsibility of managing disasters and in this response they responded to several incidents like flash floods, fire outbreak and evacuation of people at time of sea erosion. CBDP is now deep rooted in the hearts of the people of the reference area. Project opened up a new way for the people whom were facing recurrent disasters like flash flood, tidal waves, sea erosion and they echoes their voice “We are prepared”
Community Based Disaster Preparedness has now became a culture of living for the people of the coastal areas of Kerala. Community has owned up the project and they are now aware of disasters. Task forces have taken up the responsibility of managing disasters and in this response they responded to several incidents like flash floods, fire outbreak and evacuation of people at time of sea erosion. CBDP is now deep rooted in the hearts of the people of the reference area. Project opened up a new way for the people whom were facing recurrent disasters like flash flood, tidal waves, sea erosion and they echoes their voice “We are prepared”

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Community Based Disaster Preparedness Project
An initiative of Caritas India & Kerala Social Service Forum
build resilientcommunities in thecoastal belts
 
N
atural disasters have been visitingevery part of the globe at one timeor other. Our world is becoming morevulnerable to disasters. Community based disasterpreparedness project is the commitment of theKerala Social Service Forum to the coastalcommunity to effectively manage disasters. Projectenvisions creation of resilient communities capableof managing disaster where Preparedness,mitigation and risk reduction are the pillars.Paradigm shift effected is that local communities,and not the outside agencies are the principalrespondents to a disaster. We envision acommunity aware of its resources and in positionto take up responsibilities. And yet disasterpreparedness cannot be an isolated venture buthas to be coupled with developmental initiatives.It is a question of addressing geological and socialvulnerabilities from a development angle. Projectis being implemented in tsunami affected fivedistricts of Kerala viz, Trivandrum, Kollam, Alleppey,Ernakulam and Trichur in coordinating partnershipwith Diocesan Social Service Societies.
Goal
Capacitation of the coastal communities of selected wards of five districts of Kerala toeffectively manage disasters and promotesustainable development through communitymobilisation.
Strategic Objectives
Strengthen capacities of Community basedorganisations and structures to addressdevelopment issues in a collective manner.
Promote and replicate locally specific waterand sanitation structures and createcommunity consciousness on eco restorationand environment.
Facilitate lobbying and networking with PRIs,Line Departments and other institutions forsustainability of the community initiatives.
Community BasedDisaster Preparedness
 
H
istory of world is mans tryst withdisasters. It is after mutations andmetamorphosis that the universe hascome to the present form and appearance. Thetruth is that many species that existed before theemergence of man into the universe are nowextinct. The evolutionary principle- “survival of thefittest” is nature’s law that can never be negated.The species, that could not survive naturalcatastrophes like floods and earthquakes, havevanished from the earth. Natural disasters havewiped out from the face of the earth millions of human beings. More have been killed in wars,communal riots and genocides unleashed bydictators.Harbour waves always trigger up fear of thetraditional fishermen’s. But this time the killerTsunami not only triggered up the fear but alsorampaged in almost all coastal areas of the SouthEast Asia with out any discrimination on the class,creed or sex. It was Sunday after Christmas - 26thDecember, the sea receded to bare the rocks atthe bottoms. People were amazed at the sightbut it was the lull before the rushing waves thatdevastated entire villages in our coast. Giant tidalwaves engulfed our coast with unknown revenge.The earthquake, which measured 8.9 on theRichter scale, is counted as the most powerful inthe last 40 years all over the world. The aftereffect of Tsunami left thousands dead in SouthEast Asia and many more homeless.As far as Kerala is concerned the giant tidal wavesleft its fury in all its velocity and wrath in Kollamdistrict. Unprecedented Tsunami of 2004 actedas a reason for the community mobilisation of people in the affected areas of Kerala. Instead of viewing the field from a birds eye view, the teamhas ventured out into the field through acaterpillars eye view and has overcome allblockades like a caterpillar trekking over anythingthat seems perturbed.
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