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Incident Response System : NDMA

Incident Response System : NDMA

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) recently said several states and Union territories (UTs) are yet to implement the Incident Response System (IRS).

  • Incident Response System is a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedure and communications operating within a common organizational structure, with responsibility for the management of assigned resources to effectively accomplish stated objectives pertaining to an incident.
  • In line with administrative structure and DM Act 2005, Responsible Officer (RO) is designated at the State and District level as overall in charge of the incident response management.
  • RO may delegate responsibilities to the Incident Commander (IC), who in turn will lead/manage the incident through Incident Response Teams (IRTs).
  • IRS functions through Incident Response Teams (IRTs) in the field. An IRT is a team comprising all positions of IRS organization; headed by Incident Commander (IC).
  • On receipt of Early Warning, RO activates IRTs. In case of a disaster without any warning, local IRT will respond and contact RO for further support, if required.
  • IRTs pre-designated at all levels, i.e. State, District, Sub-Division and Tehsil/Block.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA):

  • Parent body: Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Objective is to coordinate response to natural or man-made disasters and for capacity-building in disaster resiliency and crisis response.