The State Government on Tuesday decided to provide training in disasters management, relief and rescue operation during natural calamity to students of 1,000 High Schools in the first phase and subsequently the programme will be extended to other High Schools.
A meeting of the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, also decided to set up a Disaster Management Training Institute in the city to provide advanced training to ODRAF (Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force) and fire service personnel on disaster management, flood response and safety.
The NCC cadets and volunteers of National Service Scheme (NSS) will also be trained on rescue and relief operation.
“The trained cadets will help the existing ODRAF units in respective districts to meet any eventuality,” Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra told reporters after the meeting.
The meeting discussed the disaster management plans submitted by different departments.
A consolidated plan will be submitted to the Government for approval, the SRC said.