The Assam State Disaster Management Authority launched the “Äapda Mitra” programme in the state on Monday.
Sources said the training programme for community volunteers will be carried out in two phases, the first covering Kamrup (metro) district and the second Jorhat district.
Under the programme, to be carried out in collaboration with the District Disaster Management Authority, 200 volunteers will be trained in eight batches in each phase to create a pool of community volunteers in every revenue circle of the two districts.
“In case of any disaster or emergency, before any government machinery and support reaches the affected people, it is the community volunteers who respond immediately. So, to create awareness and preparedness at the community level, the programme was envisaged by the National Disaster Management Authority,” ASDMA project coordinator Meenakshi Das Nath said while inaugurating the programme at the Central Training Institute here.
The trained volunteers will be called aapda mitra.
ASDMA has started the programme as the first wave of floods has hit the state. The state disaster response force and national disaster response force have deployed 16 boats for rescue operations.