Bhubaneswar: Orissa Disaster Preparedness Day and National Day for Disaster Reduction is observed today at Jaydev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar to mitigate the disasters and to revisit the pledge to reduce the impact of disasters.

For the past 12 years, this day is being observed as the Orissa Disaster Preparedness day. It was on this day that the devastating Super Cyclone hit the State in 1999 affecting 14 Districts. Following this Orissa State Disaster Mitigation Authority (OSDMA), now known as Orissa State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) was constituted.

The main theme of the observance is ‘Mainstream Persons Disabilities in Disaster Risk Reduction Practices’.
An exhibition with the chief aim to display equipment and disaster safety tips was organized at the meeting venue with involvement of ODRAF, NDRF, Handicap International, Red Cross, Inter Agency Group and others.
A State level competition among the task force members on Search and Rescue and First Aid Techniques was also organized at Fire Service Training Institute, Fire Station Square, Bhubaneswar. The winners, the best three Cyclone Shelter Management and Maintenance Committees of OSDMA and three Committees of Red Cross shelters were awarded in the function. In addition, the persons who have rendered outstanding community service during last floods were also awarded in the function.

The function was graced by Honourable Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik and was presided by Chief Guest Sri Surya Narayan Patro, Minister Revenue and Disaster Management. Among others this function was attended by Sri B. K. Patnaik, Chief Secretary, Sri R. K. Sharma, Commissioner cum Secretary, Sri P. K. Mahapatra, Special Relief Commissioner and Sri B.N. Das, Managing Director, OSDMA.