It&’s time to adopt a pre-disaster preparedness, mitigation and risk reduction approach, Himachal Pradesh Special Secretary Dev Dutt Sharma said in Shimla on Monday.

“There has been a paradigm shift in the disaster management in the country. Keeping that in view, a distinct move from the earlier approach of post disaster relief for sustainable development, efforts must be made comprising disaster preparedness, response recovery and reconstruction,” he said.

Sharma was speaking at a two-day meeting held in the city to strengthen the state disaster management system. The meeting was joined by P G Dhar Chakrabarti, Consultant UNDP.

The meeting was held with the view to update and revise the State Disaster Management Plan (SDMP) and prepare template for Disaster Management Plans of line departments. 

“The state government has decided to revise and update the State Disaster Management Plan,” Sharma said, adding that the state government has selected 30 departments for preparation of Disaster Management Plan and the State was committed to mainstream Detailed Project Report into the process of development planning at all levels for sustainable development.

He said that there was an urgent need for stepping up activities for sustainable and resilient future.  He said that a comprehensive risk assessment and management plan has been prepared and a vulnerability analysis of disaster and risk management of different parts of the State was also being done.