Stakeholders should be aware of how to cope with man-made disasters of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear nature and be prepared for them, member of National Disaster Management Authority Maj. Gen. J. K. Bansal said.

Addressing a gathering of students, officers of Indian Navy, Coast Guard and faculty of a number of educational institutions at the Visakhapatnam campus of the Indian Maritime University here on Friday, he elaborated on the fallout of CRBN disasters and preparedness for it. “More you sweat during peace less you would bleed during war,” he said quoting the motto of the Armed Forces.

He stressed the need for regular mock drills to have the stakeholders fully prepared to cope with any eventuality.

Answering questions from students he said that there was no protective gear for nuclear disasters and said that this was one area that required a lot of research. The Indian National Disaster Relief Force comprising personnel from Central Armed Police Forces like the ITBP, BSF and the CRPF were well equipped to cope with such disasters.

The Indian team which participated in the relief and rehabilitation in Japan following the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster won the appreciation from the locals for their preparedness, he noted.

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