National Disaster Preparedness Day 2019 observed

Disaster Response Teams

March 11, 2019

National Disaster Preparedness Day 2019, was observed yesterday, to prepare the people to fight disasters. It was arranged by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief at the Officers’ Club Auditorium in Dhaka. Mr. H.T. Imam, Political Advisor to the Prime Minister, was present as chief guest at the event. The Chairman of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) Hafiz Ahmed Mazumdar, MP, was also present at the event.

Disaster preparedness refers to the preventive measures taken to reduce the severity of a disaster’s effects. The goal of disaster preparedness is to lessen the impact of disasters on vulnerable populations, to ready an organisation for an influx of activity, and to design a coordinated plan that reduces the waste of resources, time, and efforts. Disaster preparedness has the potential to save the maximum number of lives and property during a disaster, and it aims to return the affected populations to normalcy as quickly as possible.

The Chairman of BDRCS said: “It is really important to educate people on disaster resilience which can help to protect the communities before, during and after a disaster. We need to make the best use of resources we have.” He added: “It would be so effective if Bangladesh Fire Service & Civil Defence works under the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief.” He also emphasized to increase collaboration between the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and the BDRCS Volunteer Network for faster response during an emergency or disaster.

The chief guest and the State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr. Enamur Rahman, MP, both appreciated BDRCS for its swift response during the emergencies, including the Chawkbazar fire incident. The chief guest also urged BDRCS to initiate a nationwide awareness campaign on road safety to reduce the number of people affected in road accidents. 

Senior Secretary of the Ministry Md. Shah Kamal chaired the programme while Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Disaster Management and Relief Ministry A.B. Tajul Islam, MP; Ministry’s Additional Secretary Md. Mohsin; Director General of the Department of Disaster Management Abu Syed Md. Hashim; Director General (Operations & Plan) of Armed Forces Division Brigadier General Md Nurul Anwar; and Director General of Fire Services Department Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Khan also made remarks at the discussion to mark the national event. 

Shamsul Alam, Communications Officer, BDRCS; Photo: Sikder Mokaddes Ahmed, Director, Youth & Volunteer, BDRCS.