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Workshop held to train techies to deal with natural disasters and survive in crisis
SurvivalCon was a training conducted for a group of volunteers from all walks of life including techies, journos etc. from all parts of the country who in future can assist the government or public during natural disasters or emergency situations. The workshop was held at Forest Reserve near Hyderabad, wherein the instructors for the workshop were veterans from the Army, Adventure, Self Defence, Medicos and Survival Experts.

In the three day training program the participants learnt lifesaving skills like extracting water from green leaves, finding food by foraging from natural resources; like food from leaves and edible roots of plants plus how to communicate in catastrophe conditions by use of HAM Radio! Participants also learnt to perform search and rescue, Self Defence, incorporate Leadership and Teamwork that are required during in a homogenous or a heterogeneous groups in survival situations.

Upon the completion of the training the participants were amazed on rediscovering the combination of ancient ways of survival, use of natural resources and technology for survival and communication.Alok Vijyant, Director handling National Security, Government of India made a quote that states the significance of such trainings to save lives.

“Need for survivability is an option exercised by situation not in the control of an individual. How to live in such crisis situations when nothing works for you is the skill set that this conference intends to build.”

He added, “The utopian situation would be to make every individual aware of suck skills, never the less one must aspire to have as many in the society. Here at SurvivalCon Camp we were taught skills to create water from nowhere, find foods for survival, basis of commando skills, self-defence and use of technology such as communication skills by use of HAM Radio, map reading and navigation etc.”

The mission of SurvivalCon is to create a large volunteer base of trained force in every state that can respond to assist when the situations demands. The idea of SurvivalCon was conceptualised by Rajshekar Murthy, Indian Information security expert, social entrepreneur & founder of ISAC from Delhi and Diyanat Ali, an Adventure & Experiential Trainer and Founder of the Great Hyderabad Adventure Club from Hyderabad.

Diyanat Ali strongly feels that such trainings are usually reserved for the armed forces on whom such a big population of our country depends in case of natural disasters. The SurvivalCon trainings will equip the citizens of the country to be forthcoming and become a trained volunteer force to assist in the time of need.

Rajshekar Murthy stated that being techies the skills learnt at SurvivalCon would help the participants to take the combination of technical and survival skills wherein they would now try and incorporate some of the dynamics of physics by exploitation of natural resources such as sun and wind for charging technical equipment’s to operate in severe survival conditions.

“We plan to take the workshop to other part of the country and prepare at least annually 5000 such professionals in each state who could volunteer to help the affected regions during crisis said the organisers,” said Murty.

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