India (assisting state) disaster management reference handbook

This handbook is intended to serve as an initial source of information for those individuals preparing for DRR activities or immediate deployment for a crisis alongside partner responders from India. It highlights the important role India plays in preparing for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from natural or man-made disasters in the Indo-Pacific region. It provides decision makers, planners, responders, and DM practitioners greater insight into India’s DM capabilities, thereby enhancing regional civil-military response. First, the handbook discusses key areas such as India’s organizational structure for domestic and foreign disaster management, international DM agreements, regional training programs, and exercise support. In addition, the book offers a summary of the national social, political, and economic context within which India confronts disasters at home as part of an exploration of what types of hazards India most frequently experiences and, therefore, has specialized knowledge that can be shared with others. This handbook focuses on strengthening partnerships and is not an assessment of India’s capabilities.