A CSR Initiative of GAIL (India) Limited

The reason for an emergency plan is simply that it saves lives and saves resources. It also helps to locate the resources and the equipment that will be needed, to inform their citizens of the dangers and the ways to avoid them and to quickly arrange help when help is needed. It is far easier to do all this before an emergency strikes rather than during the confusion that normally accompanies unforeseen and disastrous events.

Emergency planning helps local community to anticipate problems and possible solutions. Manava Bharati will not be able to anticipate every emergency; however, we will be able to develop appropriate responses for a wide range of occurrences with the participation of community. Those responses will enable our project community to react faster and more effectively, especially during the critical early hours of an emergency. Simply knowing who should go where and who does what, will help save lives and property; reduce damage and speed community’s recovery.

Step one: Authority to Plan

10 Evacuation plans has been prepared  under the Shrijan project funded by GAIL (India) Limited was conceived with the prime objective of rehabilitating the victims of Disaster hit population of 2013 Kedarnath Flood Disaster of Rudraprayag district with under the supervision and technical Guidance  of District Disaster Manager Authority Rudraprayag.

Step Two: To establish village evacuation committee

The Village Evacuation committee is a consultative group comprised of a representation of those who may work, live or are occupants at the village either men or women.

The role of the Village Evacuation committee is to actively participate in the planning process and identify the roles and likely participants who will be responsible for the implementation of the Plan and its procedures during an emergency.

Step Three: Identify hazards and analyze risks

A hazard is a potential or existing condition that may cause harm to people or damage to property  and the environment. Hazard Analysis is the identification of hazards and the impact of their effects on the community.

Step Four: Compile a list of resources and prepare a Resource Directory.

Emergency preparedness usually doesn’t involve buying new equipment specific; it focuses on making the best use of existing resources. The directory is an essential component of every emergency plan.

Step Five : Decide Primary Action (sheltering or evacuation)

The decision to evacuate or shelter in case of emergency is one of the more important decisions to be made. This decision needs to be based upon a good understanding of the location, occupants and the effects of disaster.

Step Six: Analyse requirements for sheltering and evacuation

When sheltering within the site that is able to accommodate all occupants away from the effects disaster.

When sheltering within the site that is not able to accommodate all occupants away from the effects of massive disaster.  Number of factors will need to be considered, such as safe location, transportation arrangements, capacity and the availability of a facility in the nearby area.

Step Seven :Develop emergency procedures/notification

When moving people around as a result of disaster hit, whether they are able bodied, disabled or unfamiliar with the area, there need to be clear and concise procedures that outline actions to be taken at various stages of the emergency. Maintain up-to-date contact numbers, and circulate it to the appropriate people.

Step eight: Training of staff and village Evacuation committee

It is very important that all members of the evacuation team and occupants are thoroughly familiar with what is expected of them. For this to occur, it is necessary for the facility to have education on procedures, roles and responsibilities and to undertake exercises to test the emergency procedures.