Published: 13th May 2019 / New Indian Express

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With barely a month before the monsoon, the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) has come out with an upgraded version of the ‘Monsoon Preparedness and Emergency Response Plan’.

The plan streamlines the roles and responsibilities of around 29 departments, Central agencies, district disaster management authorities and the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) during monsoon and mandates the constitution of an Incident Response System (IRS) at the state, district and taluk levels. The plan is applicable for the South-west and North-east monsoons that stretch from June to December. The plan was approved by the SDMA state executive committee on May 6 and was later presented at a meeting held recently to assess the state’s monsoon preparedness.

It is learnt that the season-specific plan will be considered as a sub-plan of the Handbook on Disaster Management released in 2016 and will be updated every year after receiving the first, long-range monsoon forecast issued by IMD(Indian Meteorological Department).