The District Disaster Management Plans (DDMPs) are not looked at by Civil Society in a systematic way on its own or with the authorities. Greater focus on the poor in DDMPs is missing. The DDMPs are more like government exercises. In most cases, civil society organizations and outfits are left out. The National Disaster Management Authority has not reviewed DDMPs that are made by the districts with help from National Institute of Disaster Management guidelines and UNDP support.
AIDMI initiated a national campaign to make District Disaster Management Plans in India more inclusive so as to make India safer. Here, the word inclusive is considered as "to collect voices of the vulnerable groups, i.e. poorest of poor, women, children, physically challenged, old aged, Dalits and other minorities. Their needs should be catered to during emergencies. So, it is vital that the needs of the vulnerable groups should be included in the DDMPs. The initiative takes ahead the global Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction work of Cordaid at the local level and local Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction work of Cordaid partners to the national level. The revision process of DDMP is being initiated in Bettiah district of Bihar, Puri district of Odisha and Leh district of Jammu & Kashmir in partnership with Caritas India and with support of Cordaid, Netherlands.
To implement the process, AIDMI works under the guidance of National Disaster Management Authority and Respective State Disaster Management Authority.
District Disaster Management Plan,West Champaran Bettiah
District Disaster Management Authority, West Champaran with technical inputs of All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) and Caritas India, has worked together to make the plan ‘inclusive’ which points to a wider community outreach, greater ownership by district’s administrative officers and institution based focus to address safety issues. The plan and reports can be accessed from the link given:
Making Inclusive District Disaster Management Plan of Dhemaji District of Assam
Draft District Disaster Management Plan of Sheohar District
District Disaster Management Plan, Kupwara