Disaster management is the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies, in particular preparedness, response and recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters.
When the 2004 tsunami hit the southern coasts of India, thousands of volunteers, under the aegis of the SevaBharati, engaged in relief work. The volunteers, in cooperation with organisations like Ramakrishna Mutt in Tamil Nadu, Nair Service Society, Sri Narayana Guru Dharma ParipalanaYogam and Mata Amrithanandamayi Mutt in Kerala and JanakshemaSamiti in Andhra Pradesh, set up relief camps in tsunami-affected districts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. They distributed thousands of food packets, organised teams doctors and cremated thousands of dead bodies.
When the 2018 Gaja Cyclone Cyclone GAJA formed on 13th of November 2018 passed into TamilnaduVedaranyam region on the midnight of 15th November with speed of 160 km/hr wind speed covering 180 KM wider sea shore belt. The area Started from Karaikal, Nagapattinam, Vedaranyam, Pattukottai, Peravoorani, Alangaudi areas. With nonstop drizzling Rain this wind had wiped out the entire region. Most of people’s residence is either thatched roof huts or tile roof or asbestos sheet roofs. This cyclone had left sorrow and grief to many by destroying the roofs of the houses. Thatched roof huts were taken away by this cyclone leaving nothing behind. Rehabilitation Camps were opened by Sevabharathi Then Tamilnadu in major areas and work is full swing to rehabilitate people. A major hit for drinking water supply also. The ruins of this cyclone covered the entire region of VedaranyamBlock(36 village Panchayats), Keezhvelur Block(38 Village Panchayats), Thalaignaiyuru Blocks (24 Village Panchayats) in Nagapattinam district and Peeravoorani Block(26 Village Panchayats) of Thanjavur district, Thiruthuraipoondi Block(32 village Panchayats) of Thiruvarur District and Alangudi Block of Pudukottai District. After verifying the situation a rehabilitation plan of action was drawn.
The Corona virus has impacted the lives and livelihood of people worldwide. The virus has devastated the entire nation and continues to take its toll on humanity. The Sevashram Trust under the auspices of the RashtriyaSwayamsevakSangh (RSS) and Sevabharathi have been doing yeomen service in ensuring that the ‘foodless’ are able to eat at least one meal a day, and have been preparing and delivering over 18000 meals a day to fellow humans suffering from want of opportunity to earn their livelihood.
The Sevashram Trust premises has been turned into a ‘flight kitchen’ for this purpose where over 800 volunteers, men, women and students actively work to churn out 22000 meal packets a day. All these services are possible because of the enormous goodwill that RSS &Sevabharathi have built over the years and through the philanthropy and good-heartedness of its patrons in and around Coimbatore.