Nagaland prepares of NEPEx on Apr 26


Dimapur, April 23: The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), Home Department has informed that a Nagaland Emergency Preparedness Exercise (NEPEx), a mega mock exercise, will be conducted all over the State on April 26.
Requesting the public not to panic but to cooperate with the authorities for smooth conduct of the mock exercise, the NSDMA said such drills are useful as they increase awareness as well as equip the citizens to respond appropriately in times of actual disasters.
Further all the AHoDs/HoDs/ line agencies/ NGOs have been requested to participate in the Table Top exercise on April 25 at 11 am at ATI, Kohima. The responsible officers of the line departments have been requested to come to the Table Top exercise with the preparedness status of their respective departments.
NSDMA informed that on April 26 churches across Kohima will ring bells to announce the beginning of the mock drill. The Church bells will ring for three minutes and immediately people in the schools and institutions/offices shall respond by method of drop, cover and hold. A second alarm will be rung after two minutes after which all stake holders who have followed the ‘Drop, Hold and Cover’ shall vacate to safer places covering their heads with their hands or any hard object.
The public has also been requested not to spread rumours of impending earthquake/disaster which may cause fear psychosis. The NEPEx is only a preparedness exercise and is not a warning of any impending disaster, it informed.
Dimapur: The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) Dimapur held an emergency meeting today in the DC’s conference hall in view of the Nagaland Emergency Preparedness Exercise slated on April 26.
The meeting chaired by ADC Dimapur Sara Jamir, discussed on issues relating to staging areas, relief camps, ambulance services, traffic, medical team, law and order, EOC, communication, transportation and other areas of concern while conducting the NEPEx exercise.
In the meeting, it was decided that no prior traffic control arrangements would be made on the day to create awareness and preparedness during real live situation. Similarly, the locations for sending ambulances would also be decided on the spot. It was also decided that relief camps and staging area would be set up in the same location. It was decided that mock drill exercise will be conducted in different sites including St.Mary’s Montessori School, Hill Star Cinema Hall, City Centre Shopping Mall and Noton Basti. DEO, Police, DMC and administrative officers have been asked to coordinate with home guards for successful conduct of the mock drills in these locations.
In the meeting, DPRO Dimapur, Lolano Patton screened a 24 minute documentary of the NEPEx exercise which was conducted last year at Dimapur. She said that by viewing the documentary, members can assess their performances, learn more and ponder on issues for areas of improvement. The meeting ended with a note of thanks from the chair.
Mokokchung: With the rest of the State, Mokokchung District Disaster Management Authority (MDDMA) is gearing up to conduct mock drill on Nagaland Emergency Preparedness Exercise (NEPEx) on April 26. In this connection, DC & chairman MDDMA called a meeting on April 20 at ADC (Planning) conference hall to finalize roles and responsibilities of various teams for the exercise.
The exercise will be conducted presuming that there will be an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.4 on the Richter scale in the state causing casualties and severe damage to buildings and roads. Several places and wards have been selected in the town to carry out the preparedness exercise such as evacuation, rescue, relief and rehabilitation.
Another meeting will be held on April 25 to discuss and ensure that all sections function in tandem under the Incident Response Teams structure.
The MDDMA has informed the general public not to panic or create unnecessary chaos during the mock emergency preparedness exercise on April 26. The objective of the exercise is to build a prompt response to any threatening disaster such as earthquake.
Wokha: ADC Wokha, Nokchasashi has informed that the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), Home Department is conducting a state-wide mega mock drill under Nagaland Emergency Preparedness exercise (NEPEx) on April 25-26 to respond and to manage any disaster.
In this regard, six sites have been identified as disaster incident base namely Mt. Tiyi College Wokha (building collapse), Dr Motsuo Memorial Hospital (patient treatment), Police Point (DC Office Junction) (building collapse), Little Angle School (evacuation drill), Mt. Sinai School (fire) and WTC shopping complex.
During the mock drill, assessment of locality, treatment, movement of patients to safe zone will be displayed. The general public have been directed not to panic and avoid confusion and chaos during the mock drill.
(Page News Service)