By Angeli Qwatra and Nina Khanna
The authors are founder Chairperson, Philanthrope and research scholar, Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad, respectively. firstname.lastname@example.org
If the capacity of a community to face the perceived disasters is developed before the specialised responders arrive, many lives could be easily saved and infrastructural losses minimised.
Community is the first responder in natural as well as human induced disasters. The initial hours after a disaster, especially the first ‘golden hour’, are very crucial. Hence there is a need to build the capacity of the community which can be especially difficult in developing countries like India where education levels are low, people are poor and the community has more pressing priorities like eking out a living. It is thus a challenge for the authorities and concerned organisations...