Among various aspects of Disaster Management, "communication" is one of the most critical requirement. The word "communicate" implies conveying of thoughts, ideas, warnings., instructions, orders, command, knowledge and information. In the context of disaster management, fail-safe communication is vital during a wide range of actions, from the significant phase of "preparedness" to impart knowledge and information (mass education and public awareness), warning of impending threat of disaster, calling various resources and intimation to authorities and conducting disaster management in general.
COMMUNICATION: MEANING AND CONCEPT:
The word "communication" holds a very significant place in all walks of human life. A person is an element of society, nation and the world and cannot live his or her in isolation. He or she has to interact with his or her fellow human beings.
There are two distinct facets of communication, One is the physical one where we use a variety of means using ever progressing technology. Due to modern technology and use of Satellites we broadcast television programmes all over the world. Satellite phones and internet have added new dimensions to global and almost instantaneous communication. Thus there is no lacking of any type of Hi-Tech. means to communicate. Media (print and electronic) serve as credible and influential agents of communication.
The other aspect which is far more important is the conceptual one. It is necessary to ensure that recipient of communication understands the contents of the message being conveyed and that he responds to it in the desired manner. This apparently simple requirement carries behind it Herculean efforts of thorough knowledge, clarity and...