A safer school is a place where learning for children and teaching for teachers can occur in a resilient environment free of intimidation, risks and fears of disaster. AIDMI launched its New Website www.aidmi.org
Poster Competition for Students on “Home Safety & Local Preparedness for Disaster Risk Reduction”

October 8 is celebrated as National Disaster Reduction day. On this event National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) with support of National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) has organised a Poster Competition for Students on “Home Safety & Local Preparedness for Disaster Risk Reduction” for all schools across India. Dr. Satendra is leading this idea to thousands of in schools across India.

For more information please visit: http://nidm.gov.in/pdf/drd-14.pdf

Safer Schools for Safer Education

Southasiadisasters.net issue no. 111, May 2014:
Schools and Education cannot be separated. Nor their safety.

Children spend the major part of their day at schools. Therefore, any concerted effort to enhance the resilience of children to disasters must focus on making schools safer from the adverse impact of disasters. This issue of Southasiadisasters.net focuses on the key policies, strategies and practices related to the important theme of school safety.

Apart from important policies related to school safety and child welfare in disaster situations, this issue also consists of the experiences and lessons learnt by organizations that are involved with school safety campaign in India and beyond. Engagingly written and meticulously researched, this issue seeks to underscore the role of school safety for the overall development of children. A must read for all interested in this important area.

The 111th issue of Southasiadisaster.net is titled ‘Safeguarding Schools: Safer Schools for Safer Education’ content includes:
i. A Lesson from Child Centered Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction
ii. Exploring Adolescence in Our Changing World
iii. Disasters Make a Child Choose the Path of Crime: A Case
iv. Building up Community Resilience through Mock Drills: BSDMA Leads
v. ASDMA's Gender Sensitive Approach
vi. Challenge Toward School Safety
vii. Children and Holi Risks
viii. Safety in School for Child Welfare
ix. Steps Toward School Safety Initiative
x. AIDMI’s Suggestions for Key Area 4 of HFA2
xi. The Role of NHAZCA in Reducing Risks form Natural Hazards
xii. Disasters and Emergencies NEWS
xiii. Recent Publications on Child Safety

The contributions from Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Amit Prakash and Anand Bijeta; Jayanta Hazarika; Mukul Kumar; and Paolo Mazzanti.

Themes: Children, Disaster Risk, Risk Resilience, Education and School Safety, Gender, Adolescence, HFA2, Natural Hazards

For download this issue: http://schoolsafety.in/publications.aspx
For more information contact: bestteam@aidmi.org

Children in Urban Space: Making Child Friendly Cities

Southasiadisasters.net issue no. 108, March 2014:


So much is said about future of cities and yet city planning is not done by those who have a long future: children. This is odd.


The 108th issue of Southasiadisaster.net is titled ‘Children in Urban Space: Making Child Friendly Cities’ highlights the concept of a ‘Child Friendly City’. This issue of Southasiadisasters.net outlines the key pre-requisites to make child friendly city by documenting the experiences and expertise of organizations and individuals that have strived towards this ideal. The content includes:

i.           Making Child Friendly Cities through School Safety: A Case Study

ii.         Child Friendly Schools in India

iii.       SAARC Framework for Care, Protection and Participation of Children in Disasters

iv.       Building Child Friendly Cities: A Framework for Action

v.         Child Friendly Spaces: A Healthy Environment for Children in Emergencies

vi.       Campaign Against Japanese Encephalitis(JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome(AES) in U.P.: Leads by NDMA

vii.     Early Intervention Programmes for Children and Disaster Risk Reduction

viii.   Lessons from Typhoon Haiyan Response

ix.       Children as 'Active Agents' in Climate Change Adaptation

x.         Khadija Khatun–An Agent of Change for Climate Change Adaptation

xi.       Earthquake-Proof Table for Schools

xii.     Towards Child Friendly Education


The contributions from Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; David Mcloughlin; Monika Jaryal; Dr. Muzaffar Ahmad; and Syed Matiul Ahsan.


Themes: Children, Climate Change, Disaster Risk, Risk Resilience, School Safety

for more information contact: bestteam@aidmi.org
Source(s): All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI)

We Can Not Leave Everything to God: Children and Crowd Management in Schools

Southasiadisasters.net issue no. 107, March 2014:


The 107th issue of Southasiadisaster.net is titled ‘We Can Not Leave Everything to God: Children and Crowd Management in Schools’ explores the important theme of Crowd Management. Crowd management is extremely important for a country like India that routinely witnesses stampedes. Replete with views of experts from the field, this issue provides vital information on Crowd management policies, practices and procedures. The content includes:

i.           We Can Not Leave Everything to God

ii.         Assam Jatiya Vidyalaya: A Case of Crowd Management at Schools

iii.       Need for Stampede Management at School Level

iv.       Major Stampedes of India

v.         Proactive Approach to Disaster Response In India: Adoption of Incident Response System

vi.       Crowd Management at Heritage Sites

vii.     Role of Switzerland in Making World Safer from Disasters

viii.   School Safety Assessment of Cyclone Thane - Affected Schools

ix.       The EU's Disaster Risk Reduction Work in India

x.         Children in the Uttarakhand Disaster

xi.       School Safety and Crowd Management


The contributions from Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Col Alok Raj; Arjun Clair; Brig (Dr) BK Khanna, Mrs Angeli Qwatara and Nina Khanna; Daniel Ziegerer; and Omprakash Bhatt.


Themes: Children, Crowd Management, Disaster Risk, Risk Resilience, School Safety, Stampedes

for more information contact: bestteam@aidmi.org
Source(s): All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI)

Silchar is Getting Prepared: Big Risks in Small Towns

Disaster preparedness in urban area is mainly focused on big cities. This is odd. Because the fastest growth and the greatest vulnerability has been observed in smaller towns in India. All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) has argued this since 1999 Kandla Cyclone. And continued its campaign to attract national attention on smaller towns. Mock drills are one of the best ways to focus on disaster preparedness in smaller towns.

AIDMI conducted a track on "School Disaster Preparedness" in the five day long Emergency Management Exercise in Silchar City scheduled from November 25–29, 2013. This was the third city level emergency management exercise of AIDMI in Assam and sixth in India. The exercise was inaugurated by Shri Prithbi Majhi, Honorable Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management, Government of Assam on November 25, 2013.

Total of seven simultaneous tracks were carried out including:

1. Emergency Management Planning and Comprehensive Trauma Life Support, 2. Emergency Nursing Service and Mass Causality Handling, 3. Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction, 4. Public Health in Emergencies, 5. Coordination of Response for Heads of Line Departments, 6. Search and Rescue and Incident Response System, and 7. School Disaster Preparedness. These tracks were carried out from  November 25–27, 2013 with facilitation from Resource Persons from various organizations. These tracks were followed by Table Top Exercise on November 28, Mega Mock Drill and Hot Wash on November 29. Leaders from NDMA and ASDMA were present throughout this exercise.

A total of 74 school teachers from key schools of Cachar district participated in the training on School Disaster Preparedness on November 25, 2013. Sessions on Concepts of DRR, Exercise on school level Risk Assessment and Making of School Disaster Management Plan were carried out and explained to the participants following track evaluation. Participants demanded that such trainings should be held twice in a year for their schools.

The teachers pointed out that national and international attention on small towns as victims of disasters as well as engines of preparedness was missing. Small towns have more poor. Small towns face greater hazards in large areas. Small towns lack basic early warning system. Children in small towns need more disaster preparedness trainings. Perhaps small towns perform better in recovery even without preparedness investments. The trainings demanded greater focus on small towns in HFA2 as well.

For more information contact: bestteam@aidmi.org

National Disaster Reduction Day: Poster & Slogan Writing Competitions for Students on "School Safety"
October 9 is celebrated as National Disaster Reduction day. On this event National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) with support of NAtional Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) has organised a'Poster & Slogan Writing Competitions for Students on "School Safety"' for all schools across India.

For more information please visit: http://nidm.gov.in/pdf/drd-13.pdf
Participation of Children in NPDRR

The first session of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) saw representation from children from 4 states (Bihar, West Bengal, Delhi and Odisha), who shared their voices and experience of disaster risk reduction.

National Workshop on Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: Children Platform and Disaster Risk Reduction

A one-day National Workshop on Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction was organized on May 11, 2013 at India Habitat Center by Children Coalition India (UNICEF, Save the Children, RedR, SEEDS, Plan and AIDMI). The workshop facilitated by Save the Children. The event is one of pre-workshop of National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) for pushing children’s perspectives from local to national level. 

Creating Awareness Pertaining to Disaster in Assam

Vipda Nivaran, Issue no. 87, January 2013 on ‘Creating Awareness Pertaining to Disaster in Assam’ launched at Training on School Safety from February 21-23, 2013 at Dhubri district of Assam by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) and All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI). The issue was launched by Mr. Sarfardz Haque, Circle Officer, DDMA. Write to Ritu Saxena at bestteam@aidmi.org to receive copy of Vipda Nivaran by  E-mail. 

Putting Children at the Heart of Disaster Risk Reduction

In the landscape of risk reduction where do children stand? As victim? As risk reducers? As risk managers? As future citizens? This issue explores all these possibilities and more for those who wish to look at Post HFA Agenda from the eyes of the children at risk. Those interested in Post 2015 Development Agenda including members of Expert Reference Group may also find useful insights.


This issue covers articles on Promoting Child Rights and Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction in India. The content includes: (i) Child Centerd DRR Means Putting Children at the Heart of DRR; (ii) The Role of India's National and State Governments in Promoting Child Rights and Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction; (iii) Promoting Child Rights and Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction at the Policy Level; (iv) Emergency Management Exercises as Tools for Developing Child-Centered Disaster Management Plans; (v) Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction in Guwahati, Assam; (vi) Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction and Child Rights; (vii) Launch of State Platform for Children in Bihar.


The ideas and insights are of use to those who work on local projects and those who advocate rights of children to safety in international policy events such as ADB’s 46th Annual meeting in Delhi or Global Thematic Consultations on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Post 2015 Development Agenda.


In many ways the insights reinforce what is now being documented by Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Centre (TDMRC) of Ache in Indonesia. Unequal treatment of children in disaster risk reduction is a concern.


The Preface is written by Margarita Tileva, Chief Emergency, UNICEF India; contribution from Mihir R. Bhatt and Vandana Chuhan, All India Disaster Mitigation Institute. With this publication AIDMI is promoting Child Rights and Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction at the State, National and Regional Levels for Policy Influence and the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Yogyakarta follow up.


for more information contact: bestteam@aidmi.org

Source(s): All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI)

Publication date: January 2013

Number of pages: 12p.

Launch of children’s disaster risk reduction platform in Bihar, India

Launch of children’s disaster risk reduction platform in Bihar, India

Date:6 Dec 2012

News Release: 

Bihar is a special state of India, not only now but for past two thousands year. And All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) has realized this in its work with the people of Bihar. The communities in Bihar know the risk, are eager to find a way out, and focus on both, the process and results of reducing risks. This is what AIDMI has found since our work in Bihar in 2007. This is AIDMI’s direct experience with communities. This experiences is not only true when AIDMI team is in Bihar but also when communities from Bihar come to join AIDMI’s work in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu to hold community-to-community direct interaction and learning ways to reduce risks. There is indeed something special about communities of Bihar.

The launch of the platform for and of children in Bihar builds on the above realization. The children not only represent the above mentioned strengths of the communities of Bihar but also represent the above mentioned strengths and the huge potential. The children of Bihar have and can make Disaster Risk Reduction a day-to-day reality in Bihar.

The platform must develop its own agenda for short term and for overall vision. The agenda must come from the children. AIDMI has learned from the good work of Save the Children in Bihar that children are able to set agenda that is both realistic and relevant. AIDMI has found in its work on District Disaster Management Plan with CARITAS in Bihar that it is not easy to institutionalize child centred Disaster Risk Reduction. This is mostly because the children have limited voice. The children have limited resources. The children have limited opportunities. AIDMI’s city wide mock drills with UNICEF in Guwahati, Chennai, and Mumbai has clearly shown that institutionalizing needs planning, preparations, and direct and long contact with children. And this is not easy. But what is easy is to receive instant interest of children in building disaster resilience of vulnerable communities. AIDMI’s work with Concern Worldwide India (CWI) in Odisha and West Bengal with ECHO support has shown how eager children are to creatively address risk issues. As Leena Sarabhai, a leading educationist who pioneered “open education” for children in India since 1948 said, “Let us learn from children”. The children have a lot to offer.

AIDMI aims to see more girl children in this platform and would be delighted if the platform is run under the leadership of girls. AIDMI aims to see more children from poor communities in Bihar on this platform and would be delighted to see that the platform aims at basic issues of protecting children’s food, water, health, sanitation, and education from disasters. This platform is a small step towards Disaster Risk Reduction but a big leap ahead towards safer Bihar.
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For more information contact:

Vandana Chauhan at bestteam@aidmi.org

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Project Portal Promotion

The Duryog Nivaran has invited to All India Disaster Mitigation Institute to join their Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Project Portal Promotion under the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) Regional Stocktaking and Mapping of DRR intervention in Asia and Pacific phase. The aim is to increase collaboration and cooperation on conceptualisation, planning and programming on DRR among different stakeholders at regional level.  The DRR Project Portal answers the question: who is doing what, and where and thus helps to identify gaps, increase cooperation and improve planning on DRR.

If offers lessons on safer shelter; region’s growing involvement in humanitarian and disaster risk reduction assistance; coastal and maritime risks; creation and communication of a wide range of risks information; food and disaster risk; and power of integration of disaster risk reduction into development. The portal will help you make smarter decision to reduce risk.

For more information contact
bestteam@aidmi.org or www.drrprojects.net

Building Women Leadership in Assam for Disaster Risk Reduction

Two simultaneous 3-days of trainings on School Safety (including School Disaster Management Plan and Mock Drills) were organized by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) and facilitated by All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) at Goalpara and Darrang Districts of Assam from 11-13th October 2012. 103 schools from Darrang and Goalpara districts of Assam prepared the action plan for building knowledge on DRR with school community. Enhanced focus was on girl child and female teachers. 

International day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) is a day globally acknowledged and celebrated to promote awareness on Disaster Risk Reduction with a theme concerning different dimensions of DRR. For the year 2012, UNISDR has decided to celebrate the unending, not very well acknowledged but valuable contribution made by women and girls for Disaster Reduction all over the world.

Making Schools Safer in Indian Ocean Islands

Sensitization Workshop on National School Safety Programme, Port Blair was organized on August 30, 2012 by Directorate of Disaster Mitigation, Department of Education and West Bengal Voluntary Health Association with contributions of All India Disaster Mitigation Institute. Government officials of departments of Disaster Mitigation, Education and teachers participated in the event. Arpita Chhatrapati of AIDMI offered insights into ways of making National School Safety Programme more effective at community level. A two year plan is worked out.

Reducing Risks through Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction: Enhancing Disaster Resilience of at Risk Communities
This issue of southasiadisasters.net on ‘Reducing Risk through Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction’ by AIDMI with Concern Worldwide under support from ECHO presents articles covering different aspects of community-based approach in disaster risk reduction context. The articles, contributed by experts and practitioners both, from Government institutions such as the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), India; Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA); and Non-Government organisations such as ADRA, AIDMI, BEDROC, Caritas, Concern Worldwide, Plan International, and Save the Children. The Forward by Dipankar Datta, Country Director, Concern Worldwide India and way ahead by Mihir R. Bhatt of AIDMI on key questions for action in CBDRR bind various contributions. Practitioners have shared learning from project implementation with coastal communities of Odisha and West Bengal states of India. Key articles from experts include family approach to DRR activities; CBDP journey in India; Measuring community resilience; Community in CBDRR; Developing plan for CBDRR, Children reducing the risks; collaboration, complementality and continuity for CBDRR; from vulnerability to capacity; new learning tool to arm children on disaster preparedness; and DRR and school community.
Source(s): All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI); Concern Worldwide (Concern)
Publication date: June 2012
Issue no. 84
Number of pages: 20 p.

Reducing Risks in Oriya

All risk reaction must in the end be local. But most disaster risk reduction (DRR) knowledge material is in English. This is odd. All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI), with Concern Worldwide India under ECHO support, has developed a set of display material for schools located in coastal areas of West Bengal and Odisha. To promote DRR in schools, the material has been developed in Oriya and Bengali. For joint efforts in making schools safer, contact Sanchit Oza at bestteam@aidmi.org.

School Based Risk Assessment (Audit) in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation Schools

The research study was undertaken for the time period of three weeks from 3rd to 21st January, 2012 by the organisations - All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI), Ahmedabad and Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. This research study has been carried out in association with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. The objectives of the study were: i) To conduct  an audit of the  disaster mitigation measures of 109 Primary and High schools in Ahmedabad; ii) To assess the level of understanding and knowledge of disaster mitigation and  school safety among teachers and administration staff as well as level of student’s understanding and awareness; iii) To assess the mitigation measures taken by schools and outside agencies for promoting school safety and disaster risk reduction; iv) To assess school structural safety and hazard potential. more...

School-based Disaster Risk Reduction: Making Education Safer
This publication highlights the issues related to school-based disaster risk reduction. It contains articles contributed by disaster risk reduction practitioners from Concern Worldwide India, National Disaster Management Authority, United Nations Development Programme, TAG International Development, Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research and reflects unique multi-stakeholder perspectives. It also highlights how making education safer enhances actions at the school level.

The articles includes: (i) Disaster Safety of Schools: A National Concern; (ii) Sab ke Liye Salamat Shiksha: Key Coordination Areas for National School Safety Programme: Briefing Note; (iii) Impact of Earthquake on Schools in Sikkim; (iv) Safer Education during Emergencies (v) Building Disaster Response in School; (vi) School Safety Insurance: Ensuring Protection for Students and School Staff; (viii) Disaster Education: Experience from Rural Schools of China; (ix) Joint Efforts for Making Schools Safer in Myanmar; (x) Schools Safety Initiatives in India; (xi) Know the Risk and Take Action: Priority of Action 3 of Hyogo Framework for Action (xii) Step Up for Disaster Risk Reduction; (xiii) City-level Emergency Management Exercise (EMEx): Towards Making Urban Citizens Safer; and (xiv) Case Studies from India. download issue...http://www.schoolsafety.in/publication-form.aspx?Type=pub1&id=25

From its past ten year long campaign for safer schools All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) offers to the Capacity Building and Training (CBT) Sub-Group Inter Agency Group on School Safety (IAG-SS) of National Safer School Programme (NSSP) of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of India.

What is the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute's (AIDMI) experience of youth in reducing disaster risks? The points documented in the brochure came up again and again during a dialogue with youth on October 11, 2011, Ahmedabad, India.

It is our younger generation who will find solutions to the risks that have been created over the past two centuries. But for this to happen we must invest our trust, ideas and resources in our youth. for more: http://www.schoolsafety.in/sub-images/KMAM/Youth%20Consultation_Ahmedabad_Oct.%202011.pdf


The number and magnitude of disasters are increasing.

The reality of this situation clearly emphasizes the need to promote actions for risk reduction which can hinder without building DRR education in youth.

It is our younger generation who will find solutions to the risks that have been created over the past two centuries.

Mobilizing youth to play key roles in practical community based actions for DRR and Climate Change Adaptation.

But for this to happen we must invest our trust, ideas and resources in our youth.