Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - 2030


"For development planning, risk considerations need to be factored in by the governance to mitigate the risks."  
  - Rina Tripathi  


"Women and children are among the most vulnerable. During disasters, their issues should be addressed on priority basis"  
  - Jose Joseph  


"Building disaster resilient cities is a must. Prevention is better than cure"  
  - Michelle Maxon  


"Since disaster risk reduction is a cross cutting theme, community resilience needs to be integrated in each sector of the economy"  
  - Saliq Bazaz  


"Focus should be placed on conservation of water and forests to reduce risk of disasters extensively"  
  - Utkarsh Pandey  


"Create awareness of importance of disaster management in every age group of society, This may lead to excellent participation of people for disaster preparedness & disaster response"  
  - Pragneshkumar Parmar, NDWRT Member  


"Involve university students in community DRR planning and eventually taking up crucial roles in executing measures to reduce the risk"  
  - Pooja Kukde, played crucial roles in managing communications between separated family members post disasters from IRCS & ICRC  


"Be calm, listen to the victims properly and advice from the emergency services. Remember, our first task is to help the injured and those in distress."  
  - Arvind Chauhan, Disaster Management Coordinator, IRCS, Himachal Pradesh  


"Restoration of damaged communication lines need to be given priority so that affected people and rescue agencies are on the same page."  
  - Narain Thakur is a businessman from Himachal Pradesh  


"We cant stop disasters from happening since they are a natural phenomenon. But we can reduce the damage if we understand better, why they happen and what we can do to mitigate them."  
  - Jyoti Sharma works for the Indian Red Cross Society, National Headquarters  


"Stop deforestation, encourage afforestation, promote green energy, make the right mix of indigenous knowledge with latest technology to reduce risks."  
  - Kaustubh Kukde is Senior Manager, Regional Emergency WASH and India Disaster Management Program for IFRC-SARD  


"While natural disasters capture headlines and attention for a short span, the work of recovery and rehabilitation is a long term process and requires sustained effort."  
  - Raja Muneeb, entrepreneur from Srinagar rescued many children stuck in a hospital and others during J & K floods(2014) as a volunteer for Red Cross  


"DRR Programs needs to be desined focusing on Communities, Youth and Schools to reduce the impact of Disasters."  
  - Mohana Krishna G, Program Coordinator, DRR, IRCS, Andhra Pradesh Branch


"Organisations should focus on Housing & Infrastructure in the vulnerable villages."  
  - M.Durgamma and Y.Dhanalakshmi, Anganwadi workers, Hyderabad


Lets come together to prepare for the Disasters, everyone's participation is required."  
  - Y.Dhanalakshmi, First Aid volunteer, DRR Programme, Andhra Pradesh


"I have been trained as a Emergency Response member no I am able to save many people in the time of disasters, Disaster Training is essential."  
  - D. Bharat Kumar, Red Cross Volunteer, Andhra Pradesh


"Government, Agencies should work together to be better prepared for disasters and arrange for all necessary needs."  
  - I. Krishna Reddy, Blood Bank technician, Andhra Pradesh


"I have seen number of Disasters in the last 20 years. My understanding is that by adopting good practices and working on lessons learnt during the past disasters, we can save many lives."  
  - G.Vijay, Accountant, IRCS, Krishna District Branch, Andhra Pradesh


"The capacity of community to actively mitigate, prevent and to manage disaster, should be expanded so that their needs are fulfilled."  
  - Manisha Solanki, TB Coordinator, Gujarat State



"Is it not possible to consider migrant labours for the program?. Particular awareness campaign and upliftment of these communities in entire DM Cycle."  
  - Milap Patel, Supervisor, Disaster Preparedness, Gujarat State Branch



"Focus should be on improving youth involvement in decision making at all levels of management, governance and service delivery as necessary for inter generational transfer of experience and continuity."  
  - Bhavesh Sodagar is Senior Regional Organizational Development Manager, South Asia for IFRC-SARD



"Real coordination in actions between various DRR actors & strong global declaration against massive destruction of natural resources may reassure sustainable disaster risk reduction."  
  - Deba Prasad Sarma was involved with the IRCS Assam branch for 5 years and now works with Save the Children Foundation



"I feel happy to work as Red Cross volunteer for building safer communities and improve resilience capacities of volunteers to tackle disasters at community level for better management."  
  - K. Satyanarayana, Regional Coordinator, DRR programme, Sreekakulam district, Andhra Pradesh



"Be prepared for the preparedness activities, Sterengthen taskforce teams, youth and women. Maintain good coordinaton with Government Organizations's and NGO's."  
  - N. Nagaraju, District Field Officer, DRR Programme,
Andhra Pradesh



"Timely messages / updates on the emegergencies can help in preparedness."  
  - M. Durgavathi, Anganwadi worker, Andhra Pradesh



"Most vulnerable groups like pregnant women, old-age people, children, physically handicap should be given proper training on how to face disaster."  
  - Rituraj Kaushik, JRC Coordinator, Assam State Branch



"Well equipped training of the volunteers is essential for reducing disaster risks."  
  - Raj Sarma, Programme Coordinator, Assam State Branch



"Instead of waiting for relief after disaster we can have a buffer stock of basic necessities ready before disaster."  
  - Chandan Chutia, First Aid Lecturer & Training In Charge, Assam State Branch



"Focus should be given to needs of hygiene promotion, food security and proper sanitation during disaster."  
  - Sachindra Chakrabarty, NDRT, Assam State Branch



"Safe and pure drinking water should be provided adequately to disaster victims."  
  - Rita Devi, First Aid trained volunteer, Assam



"Psychological and Psycho-social care for disaster victims is very important so that they can rehabilitate themselves."  
  - Ratul Talukdar, Volunteer, Assam



"World needs to support and motivate the communities to develop their own plan to cope with disasters"  
  - Ritu Satmukhi  


"Focus should be on people with special needs during disasters as they require special attention and care "  
  - Neha Chawla  


"Let us bring more transparency and accountability towards the beneficiaries"  
  - Parag Borkar  


"At the time of Disaster we should focus on saving lives and prepare the community for immediate response to reduce the vulnerability"  
  - Darpan Dureja  


"To be safe is to be prepared and to be prepared is to know". Hence, social inclusive plans and policies to strengthen awareness and education is important for effective response"  
  - Marilyne Kharkongor, Research Scholar, Meghalaya, India  


"Disaster Risk Reduction should be an interplay of technical know-how and emotional life skills put in place simultaneously"  
  - P S Rana, Secretary, Himachal Pradesh State Branchi  


"Disaster risk reduction includes disciplines like disaster management, disaster mitigation and disaster preparedness, but DRR is also a part of sustainable development"  
  - Uzma Farooq is a Red Cross volunteers and studies in the women's college, Srinagar  


"Measures to reduce disaster risk must reflect the needs of persons with disabilities to make the programme all inclusive."  
  - Shama Rana, Homemaker from Himachal Pradesh, India  


"During disasters, until the Emergency Services arrive; please do all you can to safely help those in need."  
  - Virendra Singh Bisht is the Disaster Management Supervisor with the Indian Red Cross Society, Himachal Pradesh state Branch  


"Priority should be given to search, protect special categories of groups like disabled person, old age, pregnant women, children etc. during disaster."  
  Ritesh Banyal is a practising lawyer from Himachal Pradesh  


"The need of hour is to institutionalize disaster resilience principles into development process to make it sustainable in nature."  
  - Vikas N Kurne, Disaster Management Coordinator, IRCS, Maharashtra State Branch


"Communication networks must be strengthened post disasters as getting in touch with near and dear ones is the most challenging task."  
  - Cyriac Cherian, works for the IRCS National Headquarters


"Youth should be trained on Disaster Management."  
  - M.Srinu, Community Mobiliser, DRR Program, Andhra Pradesh Branch


"Organisational efforts for disaster mangement can supplement the Government efforts."  
  - A.Laxmi, Sarpanch (President), Uppada village, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh


"Every community should have resilience plans ready with them to cope up with disasters."  
  - Shiek Abdul Sattar, Auto Rickshaw Driver, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh


"Increase the capacities of communities to cope up with disasters."  
  - M.Durgamma, U.Kameswari, M.Kumari, S.Satyaveni, U.Saramma, Anganwadi workers, Andhra Pradesh


"Prepare resilient communities for better response during the worst hours of disasters."  
  - K. Dharma Rao, Regional Coordinator, DRR Programme, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh


"For each and every vulnerable community, restoring communications and basic facilities is a must post disasters."  
  - Ch.Srinivasa Rao, Manager, IRCS, Krishna District Branch, Andhra Pradesh


"Availability of adequate and safe blood should be ensured in the disaster prone zones and during peace time, volunteer blood donation activities should be planned."  
  - Ashok Shilu, Deputy Secretary, Gujarat State Branch


"Consider most vulnerable senior citizen in structural and non structural mitigation process specially during the construction of new homes, apartments and senior citizen homes."  
  - Suresh Gami, Director, Disaster Management,Gujarat State Branch



"Kindly consider most vulnerable children like those suffering from thalassemia and sickle cell anemia. Specific measures should be taken for their benefit."  
  - Prakash Parmar, Executive Secretary, Gujarat State Branch



"Disaster Preparedness should be a part of life style development in youth and should be taught as a subject in educational institutes under life saving sciences."  
  - Naresh Gohel, Junior & Youth Red Cross Coordinator, Gujarat State Branch



"I am trained on Disaster Preparedness, are you ?Training is very important in disasters."  
  - K. Kanakayya, Community disaster response team member, Andhra Pradesh



"Disaster Management should be included school curricula."  
  - Ch. Usha Kumari, Blood Bank Manager,IRCS, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh



"Everyone in the village should know about their vulnerabilities and capacities to cope with disasters and develop them further."  
  - V.Yagneswara Rao, Community Disaster Response Team Member, Andhra Pradesh



"Awareness and Preparedness are the basic measures of prevention of Disaster. Increasing awareness of Disasters and preparednes will reduce risks."  
  - Laba Kumar Sarma, Disaster Management Supervisor, Assam State Branch



"Specialised training needs to be given to house wives and women on First Aid and Disaster Management."  
  - Binita Barman Dutta, Executive Secretary, JRC Section, Assam State Branch



"Impacts of disaster should be discussed with all age groups of people in a community."  
  - Rupali Sarma, First Aid trained Volunteer, Assam



"Build up the capacity and preparedness at all Governmental and non- Governmental level to respond to any disaster."  
  - Ramani Talukdar, Relief Coordinator, Assam State Branch



A system should be developed to provide early warning in disaster prone areas so that it reduces the intensity of Disaster."  
  - Bitupan Deka, First Aid Coordinator, Assam State Branch



"Lets involve all communities for planning to reduce risk of disasters."  
  - A R Khan, SDRT, FMR, IRCS, Odisha State Branch