Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) of 380 School Buildings in Tripura:

GHS has assisted the Department of Revenue and Disaster Management in Government of Tripura to execute Rapid Visual Screening (RVS) of school buildings in 380 schools out of 400 schools selected under the Nation School Safety Programme. GHS conducted RVS in 20 schools initially. The view the report please click on the link given below.

RVS of 400 Schools



Developing Messages for Protective Actions to Take During Earthquake Shaking:

What should people do during earthquake shaking, to protect themselves from injury or death? Is “Drop, Cover, Hold On” always the safest response, particularly where the buildings are seismically vulnerable?

GeoHazards International worked with experts from different parts of the world to work out an evidence-based guidance to 1. describe the process of developing effective messages and 2. the key considerations for creating such messages that serve in different contexts. This project was supported by USAID.


Protective Actions to Take during Earthquake Shaking document

Paper based on the project


Design and Implementation of an Earthquake Risk Management Program in Aizawl City (2013-Present)

Aizawl is the capital city of Mizoram state in the North Eastern part of India and has been built on steep slopes of the young mountains of the lower Himalayas. This city has a population of 291,822 (Census 2011) and is considered to be one of the most hazard prone cities in the region. The city faces an exceptionally high per-capita lethality potential, due to a vast number of two to ten-story collapse-risk concrete buildings built on steep, landslide-prone slopes. Aizawl has few local technical resources to provide the guidance needed to address its problems in a meaningful way. A project has been launched with the Disaster Management & Rehabilitation Department – Design and Implementation of an Earthquake Risk Management Program in Aizawl City, Mizoram, India – Reducing Risk, Raising Awareness and Limiting Predictable Losses under which GHS will work towards the earthquake and landslide safety of the Aizawl city in partnership with the Government.

Under the project, we are also working closely with the Aizawl Municipal Council (AMC) to study the existing building Bye Laws and the Master plan and recommend modifications with the long term goal of reducing disaster risk in the city. We assisted AMC in setting up a landslide policy committee which has met several times and worked out a Road Map to Safety with long term strategies to reduce risk available here.

Earthquake scenario created on Aizawl city (1. Main Scenario & 2. Appendices)


Annual Bhutan School Preparedness Drill (2013)

Bhutan is an earthquake-prone country and the region has witnessed major earthquakes in the past resulting in huge loss of lives and property. On 21st September, an earthquake of 6.1 magnitude struck eastern Bhutan resulting in loss of lives and property. Understanding this risk and the high vulnerability of schoolchildren to earthquakes and other natural hazards and realizing the importance of earthquake safety the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs instituted the Annual Bhutan School Preparedness Drill with technical expertise from GeoHazards Society India and GeoHazards International and supported by the Czech Republic Embassy, New Delhi.

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Assessment of Shelter in post Phailin Cyclone for UNDP (2013)

The cyclone Phailin and the extraordinary response of the Government at all levels, non–governmental organizations and the community themselves are among the few success stories of disaster mitigation and preparedness across the world in recent times. In that time GHS team helped UNDP India as a technical consultant to evaluate the condition of the housing and Technology Demonstration Units (TDUs) constructed after 1999 Super Cyclone.
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Mw 8 Mandi Earthquake Scenario: Multi-State Exercise and Awareness Campaign (2012-13)

Earthquakes can happen anywhere anytime. The seismic zoning map shows a large part of Indian landmass is vulnerable to moderate to severe seismic hazards. Hence, National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) decided to conduct a hypothetical scenario based simulation exercise for three North Indian states. GHS helped the project with technical and coordination support.

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Hospital Safety Workshop Series (2012)

Hospitals are critical facilities that have a very important role during the response to a disaster. However, in India, most hospitals are not well prepared for natural and any human-induced hazards that will affect both the hospital and the community they serve. These hospitals need practical guidance on how to improve the robustness of their facility systems and organizational preparedness to help them remain functional after an event like a strong earthquake. WHO India helped GHS to organise workshops in five hospitals across the country. The programs were organized in Shimla, Guwahati, Aizawl, Mumbai, and Thiruvananthapuram.

Project End Report


School and Hospital Safety Initiatives in India & Bhutan with GFDRR ( 2011-2014)

GeoHazards and GFDRR partnered to reduce the disaster risk in India and Bhutan through building capacity of the functioning agencies. The key outcome of the partnership is to develop a consensus –based, country-owned draft national action plan for health facilities safety and school safety which will enable the countries to systematically reduce the vulnerabilities of all hospitals and schools addressing the capacity building needs through specific programs with measurable indicators in a time bound manner. The ultimate goal is to keep the hospitals functional after an earthquake and reduce losses in schools and ensure the safety of children despite the severest of earthquakes.
India Initiative

Bhutan Initiative


Documentation of the Demonstration Housing Project at Amethi, Uttar Pradesh (2011)

Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC) did a program to provide housing to the masses applying low-cost technology. As a part of the programme, a Demonstration Housing Project has been started at Raipur Phulwari, Amethi. GHS did an assessment to find out the technical viability of the housing project.

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Documentation of Seismic Retrofitting of MCD School Buildings at New Delhi

Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC) retrofitted a masonry load bearing school building owned by Municipal Corporation of Delhi. GHS conducted the documentation work for the report which can be useful for Practicing Engineers, Architects, Public and Private agencies involved in seismic strengthening, repair, and maintenance of the building.

Click here to view the report:

School in Lajpat Nagar

School in Vivek Vihar