communities of Kathmandu Valley have started community based disaster
risk management programs in their localities and NSET is providing technical
assistance to such communities in implementing earthquake risk management
initiatives. Some wards of Kathmandu city have begun the CBDRM efforts
by forming Ward Level Disaster Management Committees, recruiting community
volunteers and providing training and capacity building opportunities
for them. Ward No. 34 and Ward 17 of Kathmandu Metropolitan City have
put tremendous efforts in making these initiatives sustainable. These
CBDM initiatives were also supported by KVEPI and PPERS initiatives
of NSET and recently launched CBDM project with support from UNDP.
Some of the Community-level works done by Ward level
Disaster Management Committee are
Hazard Assessment -
Preparation of Fire hazard map, Flood Hazard Map, Environmental Hazards
Ward Level Disaster
Management Program - Neighbourhood Survey using the
San Leandro Methodology, Ward Level Consultative Meeting
Public Awareness -
Awareness Rally, Photo Exhibition, Observe Earthquake Safety Day
Volunteer Training -
Earthquake preparedness, First Aid, Fire Fighting, Simulation Exercise
Helping others to be
prepared - Mass Casualty management Drill at Hospitals,
Earthquake Preparedness Exercise at various institutions.
The CBDRM program was started as Training / Awareness
Program but it grew in scope.
There were several requests for assistance in organising
ward-level Training in Disaster Management, as the program received
social and political endorsement. The Clubs formed under CBDRM became
the host of the Committee, the program involved everybody and there
was Transfer of Ownership for sure.