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Mega mock drill NEPEx 2019 carried out across Nagaland

Mega mock drill NEPEx 2019 carried out across Nagaland
(L) Mock drill underway at KMC office, Kohima (R) Mock rescue operation in progress in Dimapur on Thursday. (NP/DIPR)
KOHIMA/DIMAPUR, NOV 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/21/2019 10:53:58 AM IST

A mega mock drill was conducted across the State on Thursday by Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) in collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). 

Christened Nagaland Emergency Preparedness Exercise (NEPEx) 2019, the mega mock drill was conducted to test the capability of the districts to handle disasters and minimise loss of lives and property.

In the State Capital, the mega mock drill on the theme “Build to Last: Disaster Resilient Infrastructure” was held at several locations, which focused on extreme weather calamity, with the scenario of cloudburst affecting schools, hospitals, shopping complexes, residential locations and offices.

The drill was held at Secretariat Plaza, Naga Hospital Authority Kohima, Fancy Market, Pezielietsie Colony, Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) office, Kros College, Oriental College, Kohima College, G Rio, Sanuorii, Phesama, PHC Seikhazou, assistant district supplies, District Veterinary Hospital,  treasury office (North) and PHE (rural) office. 

There were three stage-process of the mock drill: stage-I focused was training on Incident Response System (IRS) and coordination conference, stages II and III consisted of Table-Top Exercise (TTEx) and mock exercise respectively. During the exercise, 200 volunteers acted as casualties and injured victims.

DIPR adds: During debriefing, school education and SCERT principal secretary Menukhol John expressed happiness that the mock drill was completed successfully at the State Capital and other districts. 

He thanked all departments, police personal and stakeholders involved for the successful conduct of the exercise. He also highlighted on communication and other challenges faced during the drill, adding that NSDMA was learning how to prepare for better relief solution.

Sharing his experience, observer Kuldeep Singh lauded the use of technology like drones to assess the situation and also towards overall execution of the exercise. 

He said the situation created for the exercise was need of the hour considering the geography and extreme climate as such disasters could cause huge casualties and trigger landslides in the State.

Other observers also shared their experiences, besides offering their suggestions, some of which included installation of audible siren/alarm at strategic locations, good communication system, common alert protocol system, educational disaster management plan in educational institutions, bringing on board mobile service providers in the State, etc.

Staff from the election, home guards & civil defence, police, power, information & public relations and planning departments, besides PWD, took part in the exercise.

Dimapur

NEPEx 2019 was also carried out In Dimapur district, simulating extreme weather conditions.

The drill kicked off with sounding of sirens from deputy commissioner (DC) and police commissioner’s offices at 9:45 am. DC Anoop Kinchi, who is also the responsible officer (RO), immediately activated the IRS system and all officials converged at the DC office’s conference hall. The RO then briefed them about the information received of severe flooding at 22 locations in the district. 

Staging areas and relief camps were then set up within half-and-hour and all resources were pulled in at Nagaland Badminton Stadium, which was identified as the staging area.

Personnel from State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), home guards and civil defence, Assam Rifles, police, magistrates and all stakeholders were despatched to different affected sites for rescue operations.

The DC, who is also chairman of Dimapur District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), later congratulated and thanked all the departments and stakeholders for giving their best for successful conduct of the mock drill. He observed that preparedness made one think how to react. 

And as suggested by the observers and other officials involved at the drill, the DC agreed that more training of community first responders was required as they were the first responders to react during disasters.

ADC V Lovitoly Sema, who was the incident commander (IC) for the exercise, said any kind of disaster could occur anytime and that disaster management was all about management of resources, preparedness, response and recovery. She informed the gathering that during the mock drill, 130 persons were rescued, 84 given first aid and shifted to relief camps, 25 injured shifted to the hospital, five disabled persons were rescued and 16 bodies retrieved and sent to the mortuary at the Dimapur District Hospital. Resources were pulled in by the line departments with 18 ambulances, 13 vehicles, six observers and 12 magistrates, she added.

During the debriefing, observers pointed out that most institutions were not disabled friendly and lacked basic infrastructure like ramps. They also emphasised more such drills for better synergy in future before monsoon season arrived. 

Officials from logistics and security sections stressed providing more handsets by NSDMA and training on usage of RT sets. 

Safety equipments to be issued by the personnel working on the ground, including publicity personnel, were also raised during debriefing.

Mokokchung

NEPEx 2019 was also carried out at Mokokchung under DC Limawapang Jamir, who is also the RO of the district level IRS. 

All the IRS team and DDMA members, including district administration and line department officials, paramilitary, police and home guards personnel, NGO representatives and students took part in the drill.

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