Introduction

Natural disasters and armed conflict have marked human existence throughout history and have always caused peaks in mortality and morbidity coping up with such situation and handling effected people becomes very difficult.  Managing such disasters and its after effects   are extremely essential. If you are cool minded with high level of patience, this career is just what you are looking for. For a country like India which possesses so much of natural resources, handling disasters is certainly on its priority. The knowledge and capacities developed by governments, professional response and recovery organizations, communities and individuals to effectively anticipate, respond to, and recover from, the impacts of likely, imminent or current hazard events or conditions. Here various administrative machinery is used for handling disasters at National, State and District Levels. Also having good opportunity to be a part of NDRF and SDRF.

Eligibility

XIIth in any stream

Bachelor’s degree course from a recognized university or institute. 

Candidates from all streams of graduation are eligible to apply.

What do they do? 

A disaster management specialist plans and directs programs and procedures for responding to natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes. They are usually hired as emergency management directors who also plan for other types of emergency situations such as hazardous material spills, nuclear power plant malfunctions, and terrorist attacks. During an emergency, directors lead the response and make critical decisions, such as opening public shelters or ordering evacuations. They may also need to conduct press conferences to advise the public. After a disaster, they assess and report on the damage, and may request additional funding.

Disaster management specialists must understand the natural hazards present in their area and the risks they pose. Their efforts help keep us all safe.

Key Skills

  • Conduct sampling and chemical analysis in the field
  • Consider the logistics of disaster ‘spread’ and how accessible the site in question is!
  • Conduct field sampling at intervals throughout the project and afterward
  • Meticulously document steps to restoration
  • Consult with engineers and stakeholders to plan an effective restoration process
  • Pump and treat water through chemical processes and filtration
  • Facilitate public inquiries on land or resource redevelopment
  • Approve paperwork and permits regarding zoning and other regulatory processes
  • Consider future uses of the site and whether disaster is likely to affect the site again
  • Draft designs, schematics and maps of varying types by hand and through computer programs

Senior disaster restoration managers often have a breadth of experience that allows them to effectively and quickly plan projects and teams. While every project and company is different, there are a number of similarities in the role:

  • Stay transparent and accessible to foster a positive relationship with the community
  • Work with the community to establish essential services as quickly and safely as possible
  • Work with authorities to keep market pricing stable in the event of a wide-scale disaster
  • Request or access reports regarding land usage, environmental impact and human impact
  • Present information to community agencies and government officials
  • Use ‘in-situ’ tactics for procurement where ethical and appropriate
  • Be prepared to amend or request exemption from regulations and policies on an as needed basis
  • Strategize, develop, and manage and document restoration planning and logistics throughout the life of the project
  • Plan for the emotional impact of natural disaster and how it may affect stakeholder opinion and timeline
  • Develop and implement phases of the restoration process with knowledge of internal and external stakeholder timelines

 Career Growth

Disaster management as a career field deals with the management of programs and resources in order to prepare and respond to emergency situations created by natural disasters such as flood, tsunamis, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Professionals in the field undertake the responsibility of preparation, rescue, recovery and rehabilitation measures in the event of natural disasters, in order to lessen their impact. Some career opportunities are-

Top recruiters

  • National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
  • Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management
  • National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)
  • State Disaster Management Authorities