Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Crisis Management

StudentConcepts was approached by a local entrepreneur Ms.Ismat and NGO ActionAid India. They wanted students to play an active role in providing whatever support possible. We got the message on Sunday midnight. And on Monday morning, we sprang to work. 10 students worked with Ismat and 25 students from Stella Maris worked with ActionAid. Mithun and Shabnam were the student team leaders.

Immediate assistance
Non Perishable food items(biscuits,glucose,rice,wheat,dhal etc)
Tents or Tarpolene

As of today, we have managed to collect 12,000 odd clothes from all over the city. This was possible due to tremendous commitment and drive of Ismat and her contacts. TVS gave hundreds of card board boxes to package the materials. Garment manufacturers to general public also contributed in their little way. Imagine Technologies gave us an office space to use as our collection point. Apollo Hospitals pitched in with doctors, medicines and distribution channels. we have sent the trucks carrying the supplies to the worst hit areas.

What should the government/agencies do now?

1. Motivation and Counseling for the affected people
2. Infrastructure development
3. Future planning and training on crisis management to the locals and citizens in general
4. People in the city want to help victims. How? Where? A system should be in place.
5. Crisis/Disaster Management Services for any calamity(human or natural) should be set up and running through the year and not just when it happens
6. Associate with departments all over the world that focus on watching earth and weather patterns

In Japan, students are taught how to handle natural calamities. There have been fewer casualties over the last 25 years ever since the curriculum included crisis management. Areas of focus such as how not to panic, protection under study tables, oxygen consumption under rubbles etc are vital steps to survive. They also depend on age old principles to protect themselves…..like keeping a gold fish in their homes. Most animals can sense natural calamities a good 4hrs before it actually happens probably due to their magnetic orientation. Unless we plan, prepare, process…...we will continue to have huge loss of lives. Had the epicenter been any closer, and we were at the 6th or 7th level, things could have been out of hand. I can’t even imagine the scene had it hit any populated city in India.

I would have thought we would have learnt enough from the Orissa floods, Gujarat earthquake, heat waves etc. Everyone’s worried about it when it happens, then for another week perhaps as long as the media covers it and then……we wait for the next one. The need of the hour and a long term idea is to prepare the citizens. Can it be done overnight?

The Japanese decided that they will not lose their children or grand children anymore. Can we look that far ahead?

This site has updated info on the conditions and requirements of the villages


At 10:52 AM, Blogger k.r.a.k.t.i.k said...


You guys are doing great work. Here's another organisation that has been doing a lot and can do with a LOT of volunteers. I am posting this up here because I am part of the fundraising drive here in the US, and we have raised $372,000 (yes that's right, $ 372,000) already for Association for India's Development (AID) and unless we have volunteers on the ground, it won't do a bit of good.

Volunteers from AID are already in the worst hit areas including Cuddalore and Nagapattinam district. Volunteers however are always needed. Here are the contact details:

Old No 132, New No 242, Avvai Shanmugam Road
Gopalapuram, Chennai - 600 086
Ph: 044- 28350403, 28115058

I also posted this since the office is next to StudentConcepts, and thus one of you might nip down there once and see if you can help out.

Thanks, TK.

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Jagan said...

Also, in Bangalore, people can go to Food World and donate your old clothes,blankets etc at the special counter for affected people in the disaster. There are also host of other sites just as a reference incase people find it useful.
1. Indian Prime minister's National Relief Fund: Appeal, Official website - accepts donations via direct bank deposit in US$, Euro and Rupees

2. Red Cross - Appeal, Online donation page - accepts Credit Card donations

3. Seeds India - Website, Tsunami assessment and relief plan - Accepting International Money transfers - Contact: Lakshmi lakshmi@seedsindia.org tel: (91) 9810596614

4. (USA) Save the children - Website, Press Release

5. [Via s_parakh@hotmail.com] Food for Life Global is collecting donations to provide assistance. Visit www.ffl.org to donate

6. [Via give@mercy.org] Mercy Corps Appeal, Online donation site

7. [Via gayathri_gowri@hotmail.com] Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Relief Fund - Website - Accepting cash, cheque and demand draft donations

8. [Via abalaji_au@yahoo.com] - Association for Indian Development (AID) - Online donation site - Accepts credit card donations

9. Times of India Relief Fund

10. Star News Relief Fund

11. http://www.planusa.org/action/donation.php/ref/phil

All the above are working towards common goal of providing relief efforts for the people affected due to the Tsunami disaster

At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANKS A MILLION guys for your support and confidence!! I appreciate the info that both of you have shared. This will really help. Please keep us updated with such info. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be in conversation with various NGO's and departments to understand the scene at affected places and also to gather info on their medium and long term rehabilitation programs. I shall keep you all updated.
Talk to you soon....

At 11:06 PM, Blogger k.r.a.k.t.i.k said...


I had sent you a mail to the info@stu... address regd this, so hope u check that. If not, here are the cell nos. of AID volunteers so u can get in touch with them:

The people to contact: Bharati/Manohar/Hari (AID office -
Ravishankar (IIT Prof) (94440-84910),
Chandra Anil (9382330752,
Smitha Kalyani (98401-73800)
Vibha Ravindran
Balaji Sampath (94440-61033, 28350403(O))

Thanks, TK.

At 6:45 PM, Blogger sagaro said...

hey Manoj,
I'm Ganesh a.p.p. a member of the SC. Just wanted to congratualte you(Mithun, manoj, shabnam and the others) ppl for the effort you guys have put in. Im a member of AID(The organization Karthik was talkingabout.). I and a couple of the others have been doing our bit for this too. keep the great work going....and let me know what help may I be off, in your future endeavors

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