One day National Level Brainstorming Workshop to get inputs for revamping the India Disaster Resource Network (IDRN) portal in a best possible way with state of art functions like dynamic data, GIS maps, mobile applications etc. was organised on 23, September 2014 at the campus of NIDM, New Delhi.

Shri O.P Singh, Director General, NDRF, Shri. G. V. V Sarma, Joint Secretary, Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs and Dr. Satendra Executive Director, NIDM addressed the delegates on this occasion. Dr. Satendra, Executive Director, NIDM extended a very warm welcome to delegates and briefed about IDRN and its importance in managing disasters particularly emergencies. Dr. Satendra in his address mentioned that NIDM is looking for inputs from the users and stakeholders so that the portal can be developed in best possible way. Shri G.V.V. Sarma, Joint Secretary Disaster Management elaborated about the role of States in maintaining and utilizing IDRN during emergencies to save lives reduce human sufferings. Further he suggested in the forum that NIDM should make the portal as user friendly as possible and popularize its utility.
Ms. Sreeja S. Nair, Assistant Professor, NIDM briefed about the objective and scope of the workshop. Shri. O.P Singh, Director General, National Disaster Response Force, presided the inaugural function and addressed the delegates. In his address, he has highlighted the importance of stakeholders involvement, and also use of Information technology with Indigenous technology to mitigate the impacts disasters and also to reduce sufferings of victims. Ms. Anupama Sethi, IDRN Programmer proposed vote of thanks.
Thirty officials from state/district authorities, Army, Air force, NDRF, Delhi Police, National Informatics Center, UNDP, NGOs etc. participated in this one day brainstorming workshop. Ms. Anupama briefed the participants about the IDRN aim, objectives and functions and road map for revamping of IDRN database as well as the portal with advanced functions like geo-coding, heat maps, and also to develop the mobile and offline applications etc. Delegates were requested to give inputs individually as wells as in groups. Delegates shared their experiences in using IDRN and also gave inputs for revamping the database, adding of new equipment, providing maps, offline application etc. Another key recommendation of the workshop is that NIDM should form a team to work on the IDRN implementation at various levels and strengthen the mechanism from lowest possible administrative level.
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