‘Build collective responsibility for disaster resilience because resilience is for life.’
The International Day for Disaster Reduction is a day to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of Disaster reduction.
To encourage efforts to build more disaster-resilient communities and nations, Ramakrishna Senior Secondary School marked the UN International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction on October 13, 2020, highlighting the need for a more inclusive approach towards Disaster Reduction.
Shreya Pant, a student of class VIII was given an opportunity to share her views on the observance of World Calamity Control Day on October 13, 2020, through a virtual platform. She explained the steps that need to be taken to minimize the risks in case of any disaster. She also explained about the precautionary measures that should be taken by the public and the government in the case.
In her address, she also mentioned the theme of World Calamity Control Day 2020: “Disaster Risk Governance.” The speaker through her impressive note made everyone realize the need to celebrate this day annually – to remember that prevention, mitigation, and preparedness are the key elements in reducing the loss of life, suffering, and material damage caused by disasters.
She insisted on the fact that people need to be educated about disasters and their far-reaching implications on our life. Disaster reduction must be incorporated as an integral part of major education programs from the very first stages of education, particularly in disaster-prone countries.
She concluded her speech with a quote by Petra Nemcova:
“ We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness.”