National Disaster Reduction Day is observed on November 12 every year
Chitradurga: Hundreds of schoolchildren and Home Guards personnel participated in a programme to mark National Disaster Reduction Day, at the old Government High School grounds here on Monday.
The day is observed on November 12 every year to educate people about calamites and how to tackle disasters.
The programme, which was jointly conducted by the Fire Services Department and Home Guards, was to spread awareness on man-made and natural calamites, prevention and appropriate action to be taken.
District commander of the Home Guards N.B. Prahallad said that though the day had been celebrated for over 25 years, it had assumed significance in the past five to six years when the nation had witnessed major natural and man-made disasters.
He said that during the programme, training would be given to the Home Guards on how to deal with disasters in order to minimise the damage. “After receiving training, the job of the Home Guards is to educate civilians because they are the ones who suffer the most before the arrival of aid,” he said.
This year, training on defusing unexploded bombs had also been introduced, Mr. Prahallad said.
The Fire Services Department distributed handbills with details on how to prevent mishaps and the dos and don’ts during calamites, which may include road and fire accidents.
The Home Guards also conducted a mock exercise on dealing with man-made disasters.
Several schoolchildren participated in the exercise. The Fire Services Department also held a mock session on dousing fire with various techniques.
They displayed various methods and equipment used for extinguishing fires in open fields and in residential areas.
Prizes were given to children who won the painting and essay competition organised to highlight the significance of the day.