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Mock drill on earthquake in Kohima

A mock drill being conducted at DC office complex, Kohima on Friday. (NP)
Correspondent Kohima, Feb 27 (NPN):
Published on 28 Feb. 2009 1:17 AM IST
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The four-day training on Incident Command System (ICS) concluded with a “mock drill” on earthquake in Kohima on Friday. Hundreds of officers and personnel from various government departments including the district administration, police and Home Guards besides Kohima Municipal Council, Red Cross Society and NGOs took part in the mock-drill. However, it was observed that there was total lack of coordination amongst the departments during the exercise. The mock drill started with blowing of sirens in the office of the Deputy Commissioner Kohima, which was called Incident Command Post and later taken to the local ground, which was called Incident Base or the relief camp. During the exercise, there was checking of first responders besides evacuation of casualties and people. “The mock drill on earthquake is only an exercise so that the public of Kohima get a first hand experience on precautionary measures in times of disaster,” said government officials present at the mock drill site. JK Sinha, member, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), who was the chief guest of the valedictory function held at Kohima local ground, expressed satisfaction over the enthusiasm shown by the trainees and other people who took part in the mock drill and gave a short briefing on the Incident Command System (ICS) which was adopted by the government of India to deal with disasters. He also said he was impressed with the mock drill conducted in the state capital with the coordination of various government departments. Stating that NDMA is not a funding agency, Sinha explained that the main role of NDMA was to train people to combat disaster of various forms. He also informed that the Nagaland government was in touch with the NMDA for setting up the Command System in the state. He further said the NDMA would carry out more training activities in the state in future. Chief Secretary Lalhuma, who was the guest of honour on the occasion, said the chain of commands during disaster was of utmost importance to avoid any confusion. He said the state needs to carry out more mock drills and outlined the need for trainings of officers on ICS so that all are properly sensitized. He noted that Kohima was “tailor-made” for disasters and so people should be aware of the scenario and act accordingly. He also called upon the trainees to spread awareness by sensitizing the public in their own places of postings. Deputy commandant, Home Guards, Medozhalie Pienyu and EAC, Lithrongla, who spoke on behalf of the trainees, said the training as well as the mock drill has helped in identifying the roles to be played during the times of disaster. The function was chaired by commissioner & secretary & director, ATI, Mhathung Kithan. Vote of thanks was tendered by team leader, Disaster Management Cell, Home department, Michael Yaden.

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