The increasing number of disasters in recent years has already exceeded the disastrous events predicted, and this upward trend has become even more apparent as over 200 million people are affected each year since 1994. Hence, understanding disasters are important to evaluate correctly the challenges that such cataclysms pose and the growing need to find appropriate ways to reduce disaster risk. The role of indigenous knowledge in managing this risk has been recognized in international frameworks for disaster risk reduction (DRR). In the above context, Utkal University in collaboration with OSDMA organised an International Seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction & Community Resilience on 20-21 September 2019 in Krishi Bhawan Auditorium. Delegates from different countries, states, universities and academic institutions participated in the Seminar and presented different papers on Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Resilience for developing Policy Framework. Shri Pradeep Kumar Jena, IAS, Managing Director, OSDMA, Prof. Amita Singh, JNU, Dr. Swarnmayee Triapthy, Professor Utkal University and Dr. Padmalaya Barala, Professor Utkal University graced the inaugural session.