The State of Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a long history of natural disasters, ranging from catastrophic earthquakes to destructive floods, snow blizzards to avalanches, landslides to wind storms; allowing to its peculiar topography, rugged terrain, extreme weather conditions, and unique geographical and geo-climatic settings.
Community is amongst the first responders in any disaster situations and therefore, the State has taken innovative initiatives for creating awareness amongst general masses and for building up their capacity, so that they are better equipped to handle any exigencies. Training of students and teachers on School Safety Measures has been accorded top priority. Revenue Officers, including District Collectors, Tehsildars, Patwaris, Senior Administrators and Municipal Ward Corporators will be imparted training and involved in preparation of Community Level Disaster Management Plans. Disasters cannot be prevented, but all necessary measures can be taken to minimize damages due to disasters. A prepared community can deal with disasters in a better manner. The State believes in the slogan “Help people, to help themselves”.