“Do not restrict your service within certain limits. Be alert to the call everywhere, at all times; be ready with a smile, a kind word, a useful suggestion, some knowledgeable care, a pleasant reply. Look for chances to relieve, rescue or resuscitate. Train yourselves so that you may render help quickly and well ” -Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba directed the All India President of the SSSSO, India in the year 2002 to train the Sevadal (volunteers) in Disaster Management (DM). The same year in many states of India, the Disaster Management Team was formed with proper training. The module was created purely based on practical knowledge which was learnt over past 25 years during flash floods in West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Earthquake in Gujarat & Maharashtra, Landslides in North East States, later on Tsunami, Thane Cyclone in Tamil Nadu and many more. SSSSO, In
dia is in fact the first and foremost organisation to reach in Tsunami hit areas and managed in disastrous situation. After Bhagawan’s samadhi, when disaster relief activities were carried out during the Thane cyclone, the beneficiaries lovingly said “We were told that BABA was dead, no we are really seeing the same SAI BABA through the Sai members who were doing the seva at right time at highly affected area.”
The various modules of training offered by the Disaster Management team are
- Disaster Management Intensive training For the Sai Sevadal/ Sai Youth
- Disaster Awareness Camp – This programme formulates as a bridge between many colleges/ companies/ villages to Sai Disaster Management team.
- DM Preparedness : A three hour programme for the Industries, Corporate Co. & School students
As of 2018, following groups have been trained in Disaster Management by the SSSSO DM Team
- POLICE PERSONNEL
- FIRE & RESCUE PERSONS
- TAMILNADU SPECIAL POLICE COMMONDOS
- FISHER MEN
- PARA MEDICAL & NURSING STAFF (GOVT.)
- NSS, NCC, JRC VOLUNTEERS
- ARMED POLICE TEAM @ JAMMU & KASHMIR
- FOREST DEPARTMENT.
During weekends most of the DM team members are conducting the DISASTER AWARENESS programmes at various colleges. Some of the colleges are IIT Kharakpur, Chennai Veterinary college, Trichy Engineering college, Erode Kongu Vellalar college and many of the University of Madras affiliated Colleges. Various other colleges also request to conduct these intensive training camps.
PROGRESS OF DISASTER MANAGEMENT
From 2012- 2018
- More than 14000 Gents & 4000 Mahilas are DM trained across the Nation.
- More than 72000 Boys & 33000 Girls are given Disaster Awareness training.
The most important service was the Kerala Flood rescue, relief, and sanitation. With the Divine grace of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, DM team Kerala and Tamil Nadu undertook rescue and relief activities at various places in Kerala affected by the unprecedented floods in August 2018. They formed five teams for the entire operation. The entire operation was carried out as a team effort and in coordination with guidance of the office bearers of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations of both Kerala and Tamilnadu. Sanitation service is one of the very essential service done by the DM Team, especially Tamil Nadu Virudunager. They completely cleaned few houses and did the required sanitation services. The goal of the DM team is to create an innovative and improvised method of handling the DM operations. Such thought process gave an idea to create a victim carrying vehicle with the support of two cycles, which was very affectionately, praised by the NDRF Chief too.
Few achievements of DM Team:
- Sai Youth gaining confidence to perform difficult tasks.
- Able to mould other youth to lead a positive life.
- With the support of DM knowledge some of the youth are able to even get employment.
Trained DM team members are present in many states across India