Kolkata: As part of a novel effort, the State Disaster Management and Civil Defence Department is providing psychological preparedness training to residents of disaster-prone areas to reduce the degree of trauma during any emergency.
According to a senior official of the department, with the help of such training, residents of an area struck by any disaster would be able to deal with a situation and reach a safe place after listening to the forecast of any disaster.
With improvement in the weather forecasting system, in most cases, people are well-informed, and that too, within a very short period of time, in case there is any prediction of heavy storm or rainfall.
They become psychologically strong, considering that they know what they need to do and what not during the time of disaster. It helps a lot as one can attempt to rescue others as well.
The trainers show videos of different natural disasters like flood, earthquake, etc. to residents of coastal areas, flood-prone areas and hills.
This comes at a time when the state government has introduced a state-of-the-art technology that will ensure prediction of lightning and dissemination of information at least 45 minutes ahead of its striking at a particular location in any part of Bengal.