Tour is one of the several efforts of NSET towards enhancing level of
awareness and also for educating people on the need of investing in
earthquake vulnerability reduction initiatives in Nepal. It is a guided
tour in a defined route or a defined location to observe different vulnerability
factors. The Earthquake Vulnerability Tour is an innovative awareness
tool initiated by NSET. The tour aims to point out how vulnerable the
city's buildings and critical facilities such as the schools and the
fire stations are to earthquakes. This tour will help to know the ground
reality of our cities which may help different stakeholders to work
together to reduce the level of earthquake risk in Kathmandu Valley.
The tour is conducted with an objective to convince common people to
the policy/decision makers and the international community on urgency
of urban earthquake vulnerability reduction initiatives and to help
develop perception of existing seismic vulnerability of building structures,
life line structures and their combination.
The participants of the tour are encouraged to take
part in the discussion on existing vulnerabilities along the route and
their potential remedies. A range of hazards, primary as well as secondary
is considered and discussed for the locality. Likewise, all the phases
of disaster, from the onset of the event to the problems of rescue and
response, rehabilitation, reconstruction and the necessity of introducing
mitigation in the reconstruction, are talked about during the tour at
appropriate moments. The discussion is mostly informal. The tour in
fact allows and encourages the participant to identify the vulnerabilities
in a neighbourhood, to assess the extent of the problem, and to explore
possible measures that needs to be promoted and implemented.
The tour has thus turned out to be an effective disaster
risk communication tool. It provides the sentimental environment of
probable earthquake scenario, which in turn drew more and more buy-in
from all sectors in the success of the program. Further the Tour Guidebook
was also developed. NSET has organized various such tours for the national
and international participants. The entire exercise appeared to make
very intense impact on the participants. But still there is a need to
develop Volunteers who can develop such tours in their respective communities.
Further there should be more informal discussion to get more success
and the participants should be encouraged to identify the vulnerabilities
in their neighbourhood.