Students have a major role to play in managing disasters. They can:
• Spread awareness about disasters and tips to handle them.
• Organise mock camps in their holidays in neighboring villages to train people to cope up with disasters like earthquakes
• Be part of ’emergency rescue teams’ – mostly the training goes side by side along with ‘compulsory military training’ programs (another opinion: Search and rescue is a highly specialized job and should be left to professionals)
A big aspect of disaster management is preparedness. The basic role of the student is AWARENESS of what to do during and after disasters. This would lessen panicking, paranoid and uncontrollable people running around. Knowing what to do when disaster strikes will also lessen the death toll. Knowing what to do after disaster, and at least basic first aid, will enable students help the authorities in saving lives. The role of “students” in any capacity is to learn as much as they can about the subject at hand.
In the case of disaster management, this is a very wide open field. A student should learn causes of disasters and figure out ways to reduce the risk of an catastrophe from happening in the first place. Here is what wikipedia has to say about disaster management: Emergency management (or disaster management) is the discipline of dealing with and avoiding risks. It is a discipline that involves preparing, supporting, and rebuilding society when natural or human-made disasters occur.
In general, any Emergency management is the continuous process by which all individuals, groups, and communities manage hazards in an effort to avoid or ameliorate the impact of disasters resulting from the hazards. Actions taken depend in part on perceptions of risk of those exposed. Effective emergency management relies on thorough integration of emergencyplans at all levels of government and non-government involvement. Activities at each level (individual, group, community) affect the other levels.
It is common to place the responsibility for governmental emergency management with the institutions for civil defense or within the conventional structure of the emergency services. In the private sector, emergency management is sometimes referred to as business continuity planning. * Students can help in rehabilitation and resettlement of victims * They can spread awareness through rallies in streets * Volunteer in the information centres and form associations for the Disaster-Day * Provide the victims with basic needs * Preventing disasters at home – stopping building fires due to petty reasons like a short circuit