The Department of Revenue and Disaster Management, Puducherry has formulated the “Crisis Management Framework and Standard Operating Procedures” for the UT of Puducherry. Different types of crisis, various element and phases of crises management, Incident Response System (IRS) Emergency Support Functions and SOPs for ESF teams and their Quick Response Teams (QRT) are explained in the frame work.
Emergency Supporting Functions are the common functions that needed to be carried out in response to any crisis or disaster. The cause of emergencies varies but the potential effects of these emergencies are similar. Irrespective of the disaster or crisis situation the types of support functions are fairly similar and such support functions are called as Emergency Support Functions.
ROLE OF DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT
The Department of Revenue and Disaster Management is the Nodal Department for management of disasters. DRDM is also entrusted with entire gamut of relief and rehabilitation activities in the wake of any disaster. The Crisis Management Framework provided that Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (RRC) is the Incident Commander for the UT while the Regional Administrator, Yanam is also Sub/ Deputy Collector (Revenue) is the Incident Commander for Yanam. Therefore, the DRDM is responsible for management of disasters and the relief and rehabilitation activities undertaken post disaster.
In the Crisis Management Framework, the DRDM is entrusted with three vital Emergency Support Function viz,.
ESF-3 – Emergency Public Information, Help line & Warning
ESF-6- Evacuation and
ESF-8- Damage Assessment
For the purpose of effective and efficient management to met out any eventuality, Yanam region is treated as a zone which will function under the control of a Zonal Officer.
The Deputy Tahsildar of the Sub Taluk will coordinate with the Zonal Officer and provide necessary assistance to the Task Forces constituted under them. The Zonal Officers shall report to the Regional Administrator cum Deputy Collector (Rev) while providing the relief, rehabilitation and assessment of damages etc.
The Yanam region has 6 Revenue villages. The Task Force will be headed by the Deputy Tahsildar who will be designated as the Task Force Leader. Besides Revenue Officials, Jr. Engineers of PWD / Local bodies are also members of the Task Force.
Capacity building is an ongoing process that equips officials, stakeholders and the community to perform their functions in a better manner during a crisis/disaster. In the process of capacity building, we must include elements of human resource development, i.e., individual training, organizational development such as improving the functioning of groups and organizations and institutional development. At the national level, The National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) is the capacity building arm and the States have disaster management cells in the State Administrative Training Institutes performs the function of capacity building for effective and efficient disaster management. There are a number of other training institutes which are engaged in training and capacity building in the area of disaster management.
NDMA is running training capsules on the subject on a regular basis in the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad.