Disaster Management

Disaster Management


Disaster management as a career field deals with the management of programs and resources in order to prepare and respond to emergency situations created by natural disasters such as flood, tsunamis, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Professionals in the field undertake the responsibility of preparation, rescue, recovery and rehabilitation measures in the event of natural disasters, in order to lessen their impact.

  Career Opportunities in Disaster Management

  • Disaster Prevention
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Relief
  • Disaster Recovery

  How to Pursue a Career in Disaster Management

     Stream    Graduation    After Graduation    After Post Graduation
Path 1    Clear Class XII with Science Stream with Maths    Pursue B.Tech in Civil Engineering for 4 years    Pursue M.Tech for 2-3 years    Pursue Ph.D for 2-3 years
Path 2    Clear Class XII with Science Stream with Maths    Pursue B.Tech + M.Tech (Dual Degree)in Civil Engineering for 5 years        Pursue Ph.D for 2-3 years

  Important Facts

  • Most colleges have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII.
  • M.Sc. Disaster Management and Post-Graduation Diploma in Disaster Management available as a course only in selected colleges.
  • This is a specialized field which is done at the Post-Graduation level.
  • No Mandatory Subject in Class XII.
  • Anyone after graduation can pursue this course.

  Top Institutes

Top Disaster Management Institutes in India

College    Location
Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)    Mumbai
Indian Institute of Ecology and Environment    New Delhi
National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM)    New Delhi
Indira Gandhi National Open University    New Delhi
School of Distance Learning (Annamalai University)    Annamalai, Tamil Nadu
University Centre for Disaster Management (Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University)    Dwarka, Delhi
School of Distance learning (Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical and Technological Sciences)    Manipal
Department of Geography (Panjab University)    Chandigarh
International Centre of Madras University (Madras University)    Chennai
The Global Open University    Nagaland
National Civil Defense College    Nagpur
Asian Institute of Fire Safety    Chattisgarh
Faculty of Environmental Science, Rajiv Gandhi University    Arunachal Pradesh
North-Eastern Hill University    Shillong

Top Disaster Management Institutes in the World

Institution    Location
Australian National University    Australia
University of Manchester    United Kingdom
University of Copenhagen    Denmark
Lund University    Sweden
Georgetown University    United States
York University    Canada

  Disaster Management Entrance Exams


Institution    Tentative Date    Important Elements
TISS-NET    January    General awareness, English proficiency, Maths and Logical reasoning

  Work Description

  • Analyze and prepare for potential risks, such as outbreaks of infections or diseases, technical failure of electrical networks, major gas leaks and severe weather conditions
  • Complete risk assessments for a diverse range of sites, such as chemical factories, nuclear factories, city centers and major sporting venues
  • Respond to incidents, such as natural disasters, and assess the situation and level of response required
  • Work with various agencies to ensure that normal support for local communities continues in the event of an emergency
  • Support the recovery of local communities to their pre-incident state
  • Impact safety training to staff in local authorities or businesses
  • Raise awareness of public safety issues through attending events, developing information and delivering special projects

  Pros & Cons of a Career in Disaster Management


  • Plenty of opportunities to help disaster vicims, and make a difference to their lives.
  • Gives a chance to help the country prepare for and cope with disasters.
  • The work is exciting and there are less chances for monotony.


  • Colleges and opportunities are somewhat limited in India.
  • The work can be hectic as it involves field work in disaster-struck areas.
  • The work can be dangerous at times.

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