Honoring the Unsung Heroes of Disaster Management


The Government of India has announced the Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar-2023, an award that recognizes and honors individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions in the field of disaster management and disaster risk reduction. The award is named after the Indian freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose and is given to those who have made significant efforts in the areas of disaster preparedness, response, mitigation and rehabilitation.

The award is a recognition of the tireless efforts of those who work to protect communities from the impacts of disasters and to build a more disaster-resilient India. The panel of experts in the field of disaster management will select the winners of this award which will be presented by the government of India on a yearly basis. This award has been established to acknowledge the efforts made by individuals, groups, non-governmental organizations and government bodies in the field of disaster management. It aims to encourage and motivate people to work towards reducing the impact of disasters on communities, and to promote a culture of disaster risk reduction.

Disasters can strike at any time and can have devastating effects on communities. From floods, to hurricanes, earthquakes and more, natural disasters can cause widespread destruction and loss of life. It’s important that we have individuals and organizations in place to manage and mitigate the effects of these disasters. The Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar-2023 is an important step in acknowledging and honoring those who work tirelessly to protect communities from the impacts of disasters. It is a recognition of the hard work and dedication of those who work to make our communities safer and more resilient.

The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) was formed in the aftermath of the Super Cyclone in 1999. The Odisha Disaster Response Action Force (ODRAF), the Multi-hazard Early Warning Service (MHEWS) framework, and a cutting-edge technology-enabled web/smartphone-based platform named “SATARK” were all launched by the OSDMA. OSDMA responded effectively to many cyclones, including Hudhud (2014), Fani (2019), Amphan (2020), and Odisha floods (2020). OSDMA performed disaster preparedness programmes in 381 tsunami-prone villages/wards and 879 multi-purpose cyclone/ flood shelters located within 1.5 kilometres of the shoreline.


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