Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

NSET distributed GO BAGs for Wheel Chair Users

National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET) in coordination with Center for Independent Living Kathmandu (CIL-Kathmandu) distributed customized version of 'Earthquake GO BAG' for wheel chair users at a program organized in Kathmandu on January 31, 2018.

Mr. Ganesh Kumar Jimee, Director, Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Response (DPER) division of NSET and Mr. Tek Bahadur Gurung, Vice Chairperson of CIL-Kathmandu jointly distributed GO BAGs as supportive kit for disaster emergencies. 

A total of 23 physically disabled participants have been distributed the customized version of ‘Earthquake GO BAG’. The ‘Go Bag’ is an especially designed bag with most essential items like, medicine, torch lights, fast food items and clothes packed on which will be useful during the emergencies. The program saw the participation of 40 people (14 female, 11 male). It was organized as part of 20th Earthquake Safety Day 2018. Nepal is marking the 20th ESD with month long various awareness raising activities across the country. Nepal marks the ESD every year on January 15 or 16 in commemoration of 1934 Great Nepal Bihar earthquake.

Speaking at the program, Mr. Jimee stressed on joint work among all the stakeholders in making the disabled persons more aware on earthquake safety and preparedness. He also urged to continue the efforts of making the disable people prepared on earthquake risks voluntarily in long run and build it as part of our culture.  In this context, Mr. Jimee also highlighted NSET’s past initiatives such as designing Go Bag for physically disable people, modification of wheel chair in view of earthquake risks, plan of developing earthquake related IEC materials in braille alphabet for hearing impaired people and providing training for 15 of its staff on sign language among others. Mr. Jimee also briefed about the NSET’s plans to organize a workshop featuring all the concerned organizations and stakeholders with view to develop a common understanding on messages of the IEC materials for disabled people in connection with earthquake safety and preparedness. 

On the occasion, Mr. Jimee also briefed the participants about the basic techniques of using the Go Bags.

Mr. Tek Bahadur Gurung (also a wheel chair user), Vice Chairperson of CIL-Kathmandu briefly briefed the objectives of program and expressed his gratitude over NSET for organizing the program. Likewise, General Secretary of CIL-Kathmandu, Ms. Jamuna Subedi, in her presentation, highlighted the various aspects of earthquake risks in terms of disable people and ways to be prepared in the future earthquake.

In her presentation, Ms. Bhubaneshwori Parajuli, GESI expert from NSET, highlighted the various aspects earthquake safety measures and preparedness to be adopted by physically disabled people including non-structural mitigation measures.

At the program, Ms. Laxmi Maharjan Devkota, Chairperson of National Association of Deaf and Hard in hearing (NADH), Mr. Mukunda Hari Dahal, National Chairman of Parent Federation of Person with Intellectual Disabilities (PFPID), Anita Ghimire, Chairperson of Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA) and Radhika Dhakal, wheel chair users also addressed the program. 

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