Disasters and Emergencies often strike without warning. They come at the time we least expect them, often causing devastating and long term effects on lives, property, business and the community.
We don’t have to look far back in time to recall the devastating and life changing impact some of the recent disasters have had. On 26th Nov 2008, a 3-day terrorist gun & grenade attack killed 197 people and injured many. The attack occurred across hotels, cafes, hospitals and railways stations in the city. Not long before that on 11th July 2006, 7 serial bomb blasts killed 181 people and injured 890 while on 25th August 2003 bomb blasts at Gateway of Inida and Zhaveri Bazaar killed 50 and injured 150. Equally horrific was the devastation brought by the floods when 24 hours of heavy monsoon rains lashed down on the city on 26th July 2005 killing 546 people in the city - these included 75 killed in landslide and 179 drownings. A staggering total of 1493 people died in Maharashtra, of which 435 died due to flood related diseases.
These disasters, both natural and man-made have had a significant toll on life and property in Mumbai, Yet we remain unprepared! This failure to realise and recognise our vulnerability despite repeated such disasters has so far been our biggest failing in preventing this huge loss of life.
The ONLY way to prepare for an Emergency is to create a specific plan of action that can be put in place at a moment's notice
The Mumbai Prepared Initiative was born out of this real need to facilitate a pro-active rather than reactive approach to disaster preparation
The Aim of the Mumbai Prepared Initiative is to highlight the importance of Emergency Preparedness and to develop unique, Mumbai-centred programs and initiatives for disaster preparedness, while simultaneously acting as a catalyst for a local, state & national discussion on how to more effectively partner with non-profit organizations, emergency responders and the city and state infrastructures to serve Mumbai citizens better in emergency situations.