The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai and Kochi-based think tank Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), in association with Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA), are organizing a series of workshops and awareness-building events in Kozhikode during October 22-24. The workshops are part of the “America with Kerala” project, which is designed to share best practices from the United States on disaster preparedness and management with relevant agencies and stakeholders in Kerala, while giving an opportunity for the U.S. experts to learn from Kerala’s resilience in managing disasters.
The “America with Kerala” workshops were previously held in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. The third and the final workshop in Kozhikode will deliberate on the theme of “Community-Based Disaster Risk Mitigation.”
Kerala Minister for Health, Social Justice, and Woman and Child Development K.K. Shailaja Teacher will be the chief guest at the valedictory ceremony on October 24. Seeram Sambasiva Rao IAS, Kozhikode District Collector; Lauren Lovelace, Consul for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. Consulate General in Chennai; and Dr D. Dhanuraj, Chairman, CPPR will also be present at the event.
During the workshops scheduled over three days, Dr Samantha L. Montano, Assistant Professor, Emergency Management & Disaster Science, University of Nebraska Omaha will share the U.S. expertise. Prof. Janki Andharia, Dean, Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies, Mumbai and Dr G.P. Padmanabhan, former United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Emergency Analyst, among others, will lead the sessions.
The organizers will also hold a film festival on disaster management in association with JDT Islam Group of Institutions, and a panel discussion on “Building Resilience in Disasters” in partnership with Malabar Chamber of Commerce.
The Kozhikode program will feature the following workshops:
- A two-day training workshop on Community Based Disaster Risk Mitigation, which aims to reinforce the skills of first responders, emergency management officials, private and non-governmental partners, citizen groups, journalists to perform their key tasks prior to, during, and after emergencies.
- A one-day community empowerment workshop in which, approximately 60 community leaders will solicit ideas to develop a Community Resource Guide for effective disaster management.