Kerala government to train disabled people to handle disasters
The government of Kerala plans to train disabled people in the state to handle challenges that arise due to disasters. This is a unique drive started by the state government to train the disabled to handle any emergency.
The state disaster management authority (SDMA) has drawn up a program to train over 3,000 disabled people in 14 districts.
The initiative will prepare people with various kinds of disabilities to face any disaster. This is critical as disabled people are one of the most vulnerable groups in such situations.
The drive is part of SDMA's initiative, The Empowerment of Disabled in Disaster Management.
The first leg of the district-level training session in this regard starts in Kottayam today.
The SDMA has prepared audio and braille messages and documents to help people who are blind or have low vision attending the training program. There will be sessions in sign language for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The National Institute of Speech and Hearing (NISH) and the Kerala Federation of the Blind have supported the government agency to prepare the materials.
The training session would cover various aspects, including first aid and basic skills. In the case of people with mental disabilities, the training will be given to their parents.