DISASTERS? PREPARE YOUR COMPANY! Excerpt from CII Conference in Mumbai where Anoop Madhavan, (Survival Instincts CEO) talks about disasters on the rise in India - floods, cyclones, earth quakes, cloud breaks - and actionable disaster resilience and crisis management capabilities that executives of companies can take.
Lessons to be Learned on Urban Indian Rescue Operations Share and be aware, educated, and knowledgeable citizens. 0-72 hours is critical in any rescue operation; 99% disaster aftermath casualties occur during these hours. The massive floods in Chennai, brought around the reality of disasters in dense Indian urban grids, and the lessons we must learn. This article is technical in nature and does not endorse, support, oppose, nor criticize any political views - nor is this an expose of any strengths and weaknesses of our disaster response frameworks or a release of any classified military information. The seven (7) lessons: 1 - Rescue Operation Bases must be Distributed, not Centralized. The drainage structure of Chennai, with the rivers overflowing effectively create three discriminate land bodies, and impossible to navigate by any land based transportation systems. Moving resources between these water locked land bodies required massive air and amphibious operations 2 - Coastal Deployment of Rescue Operations may be the Least Practical. Moving resources from the mouth of a river basin (like Adyar river) to any operational area (like the Chennai airport) was herculean considering heavy the flow of the river and the debris. Several hundreds of small sized rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) were damaged in such upstream operations due to collision with debris, endangering lives of hundreds of rescue operatives. 3 - Common Sense solutions have Practical Difficulties. Boats used for fishing cannot be easily deployed deep inland for rescue because 99% of them do not have trailer mechanisms for upcountry deployments. 4 - Redundancy of Facilities is Key. Its not just the Chennai International Airport that was inundated. The Tambaram Air Force station 15 kilometers south suffered the same fate. This limited air support for the entire city, for several hours. 5 - 24/7 Operational Capability has to be tested through Simulations. Despite wartime drainage efforts at the Tambaram Air Force Station, majority helicopters at this airbase are not equipped for night time operations. Many of the Mil Mi17 helicopters that run rescue sorties had to deployed from Yelahanka Air Force Station (Bangalore) 300 km east of Chennai. This although a one hour flight has impracticalities as the fuel range of Mi17 is less than 500 km. Even if the forward operating base is setup in INS Rajali (Naval Air Station at Arakkonam, 70Km east of Chennai) refueling and logistics capabilities for continuous operations have to be built through joint simulation operations between land, air and naval rescue operatives. 6 - Rescue Vessels must be Distributed Locally in Urban Areas. Boats (rigid hull inflatable boats) that have to be deployed into each of Chennai’s water locked land bodies have to be flown from distant bases into INS Rajali using transport aircrafts such as the Lockheed Martin C-130s. It is close to impossible to deploy small rescue vessels from INS Adyar (middle of Chennai city) into any rescue areas, if Chennai urban area is draining into the bay of bengal. 7 - Amphibious operations in a Disaster Zone is not the same as in a War Zone. Our armed forces have amphibious vehicles. However, operating amphibious capabilities in an urban disaster area (just like in a war zone) is challenging due to possibility of collateral damage to life and property in densely populated areas. After all, its not pleasant to watch or withstand a column of army cavalry (tanks and ATVs with amphibious capabilities) pass through your neighborhood - be it during a disaster simulation or actual disaster’s aftermath. The following article was authored by Anoop Madhavan, a tactical operations expert on various international disaster rescue missions of varying complexity. He is the founder of Survival Instincts, a registered NGO working on various safety initiatives. Survival Instincts is India’s first and only authorized provider of American National Red Cross health and safety programs. Survival Instincts’ extensive background in safety and emergency management stems from several years of experience working for the US Government’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster relief programs along with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Survival Instincts has provided disaster / emergency training for various units of National Security Guards (Black Cats), Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Central Paramilitary forces, Officers Training Academy, TN State Police Commando Units, British Deputy High Commission, Russian Diplomatic Missions, National Cadet Corps, Indian Red Cross, and all major manufacturers, industries and corporate houses.
IN INDIA - FLOODS SEARCH & RESCUE TRAINING Please SHARE ✔ ✔ and spread awareness Location ------------ Chennai, Tamil Nadu Venues ----------- Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, Spurtank Road, Marina Beach Dates -------- October 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Total 50 hours of training Class Structure --------------------- 4 modules theory 2 search drills 4 rescue drills Eligibility to Attend ------------------------- You must be part of an existing organizational safety, security, business continuity, crisis management, loss prevention or emergency response department / function. You can only attend as a part of a team, of minimum 5 members. Each of you must have a valid CPR certification and must have basic swimming skills (50 meters straight line free stroke). You CANNOT attend this training as an individual as there are many team based exercises. Number of Seats ----------------------- Fifty Trainees (5 members X 10 teams) Training Curriculum -------------------------- Focus on aquatic, amphibious, urban, technical, and aerial SAR techniques as outlined in the United States of America by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), American Red Cross, National Association of Search and Rescue, and Center for Wilderness Safety. Who Conducts -------------------- Survival Instincts was established in May 2012. Survival Instincts is a non-profit trust registered under the Indian Trust Act 1882 in Chennai, India, bearing registration number 12/2016. Since 2012, Survival Instincts has provided American Red Cross Health & Safety programs for special forces (NSG Black Cats), military, police, foreign missions, NGOs, and corporate houses. The trainer will be a member of the Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary and also a member of Washington DC metro area’s fire and rescue division. The trainer has several years of leadership experience in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) missions as a US Army Corps of Engineers operative on mega scale disasters including 9 hurricanes / tropical storms, 3 adverse winter events, 5 floods and 1 Tornado. Cost ------- Survival Instincts is a not for profit agency. We do not charge a fixed fee for such trainings. However, we rely on donations from individuals and organizations to conduct such trainings for the benefit of the public. Any such donations will be used towards our flood rescue training initiatives for the public in Chennai. Please Note ----------------- Survival Instincts does NOT conduct this training on an ad hoc basis at any corporate / educational campuses regardless of how big and reputed your organization is nor how much budget you have. Survival Instincts is a not for profit trust, and is not influenced by such factors. So unless you are a member of a special force / commando unit, military, para military or police / fire establishment, please do not make such inquiries. How to Contact ---------------------- Please telephone 9176693005 with these details: Your first name Your last name Name of your organization / company Your title Your department Your contact information How many members you would like to register Have you partnered with us in the past Will you partner with us in the future
Survival Instincts in Chennai is preparing its first battalion of 1000 Crisis Response Volunteers (CRV) , to prevent another tragedy with loss of lives like the Chennai floods . Our experience has taught us that, in the first 0-72 hours when maximum deaths occur in any locality due to any natural calamity, it is not the fire force, the 108, the police, the NDRF, the army, the navy or the air force that reaches there the quickest to help. It is the common man, who lives in the locality, knows its terrain well, and is already on scene having survived the disaster, and has the tools, skills and knowledge to save his neighbors lives. Survival Instincts call such citizens CRVs - and we provide them the tools, training and exercises to help them save maximum number of lives during those critical 72 hours, before other professional agencies arrive to help. So, if you see a CRV on the street as a part of any exercise or training - please congratulate them on their dedication to public service, encourage them, and give them all the support you can provide. The shield badges of the various CRVs from Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Incident Commandor, Chapter Director and National Director General has been displayed in this picture for your easy identification and recognition.