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Why student should opt Geoinformatics for Disaster Management

The World Bank estimates that every dollar invested in disaster prevention saves $4 in disaster damage. One high magnitude of disaster can cost between three and six per cent of a developing country’s economic output especially in south Asian region.  South Asia is highly prone for the natural disaster for millions of years, but the difference today is that more and more people are living in the disaster prone areas, often crowded into rapidly growing cities along coast, river flood plain, seismic zone and landslide prone area.

Preparedness for the any adverse condition is apt in the context of disaster management each year heavy amount of the resources use by the central and state government as well as Aid agencies in relief and rehabilitation measures. It is now becoming increasingly evident and mitigation and investment in disaster preparedness can save thousands of lives, vital economic assets, livelihoods and reduce the cost of overall disaster relief and improve economy.

It is important to enhance local residents’ awareness of disaster prevention as the first step toward minimizing damage that would be caused by disasters. As activities to improve the awareness of disaster prevention of local residents, lecture meetings on disaster prevention, disaster drills and workshops is important aspect. To make local people aware about disaster preparedness it’s essential the capacity building in the field of disaster management education with advance technology like Geo-informatics.

Management and preparedness programs in disaster management prepare students to handle natural and man-made disasters. These programs strive towards informing the public about disaster risk reduction through education. This programme provides you the skills required to pursue career in disaster management and planning. During the programme you can develop the skill needed to manage the response to the manmade and natural disaster. SIG offers these programmes with the Geospatial technology, which makes disaster management skill stronger with technology. Satellite-based emergency mapping is the creation of maps, spatial data products and geo-information to provide crisis information and situational awareness using pre- and post-event imagery from satellites. Pre-disaster satellite imagery helps as a baseline to compare to imagery acquired just after the event, and to create maps of the area for those working on the ground.

Careers in disaster management are usually government jobs, jobs with emergency services, law enforcement, local authorities, relief agencies, non-governmental organizations and international agencies such as the United Nations especially in UNSPIDER, Red Cross etc. Private sector careers are also available while fulfilling their corporate social responsibilities as well in large scale of Insurance sector.

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