About ERCs

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Based on the experience of the Kutch earthquake of 26th January 2001 which occurred on a massive scale spreading over 12-13 districts, it was realized that in order to respond effectively within the golden hour of occurrence of a disaster, there is a need for sophisticated equipments and trained personnel at a regional level.
In countries which are frequently prone to major disasters, specialized Regional Emergency Response Centers (ERC) have been set up, which houses trained personnel and response equipments.
The need for such advanced ERCs was also felt during several occasions (especially during floods and cyclones) wherein the services of Army and Air Force was rendered due to shortage of adequate trained personnel and sophisticated equipments for search and rescue operations.
Gujarat being one of the most vulnerable States to disasters such as earthquake, floods, cyclones, chemical and industrial disasters, the State Government therefore decided to establish five such Regional Emergency Response Centres (ERCs) at strategic locations across the State.
These ERCs are strategically located at Gandhidham, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Vadodara, and Surat.
Based on the recommendation of the technical committee constituted for establishment of ERCs and the consultant who was entrusted with the study, a list of vehicles / equipment required for emergency response was finalized and procurement was initiated under the World Bank funded Gujarat Emergency Earthquake Reconstruction Project (GEERP). The vehicles / equipment for all the five ERCs have been procured and provided to the concern Municipal Corporations.
A consultative process with Chief Fire Officers of various Municipal Corporations and officials from Director of Relief, Revenue Department was also initiated for finalizing the plan for Operation and Maintenance (O & M) of ERCs and its associated equipments. It was decided that the responsibility of O&M of ERCs and its equipments be given to the concerned Municipal Corporations and the State Government should provide the necessary grant to each Municipal Corporation through the State Budget.
It was also decided that a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) must be signed between, CEO-GSDMA, Relief Commissioner - Revenue Department and concerned Municipal Corporations in this regard. A meeting was held with the Urban Development & Urban Housing Department (UD & UHD), Government of Gujarat to finalize the draft MoUs with the respective Municipal Corporations after which approval of Hon'ble Minister - Disaster Management was taken by Commissioner of Relief, Revenue Department for signing the MoUs.
Physical construction work of all 5 ERCs is completed in all respects and tripartite MoU for operation and maintenance of all 5 ERCs have been signed.
An application has been developed with the help of BISAG for all 5 ERCs to monitor and track real time updates of manpower and material resources available in all five Regional Emergency Operation Centers which will further help both District and State administration to mobilize resources at the time of emergencies.
List of vehicles / equipment procured for each ERC is shown in Annexure-1
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