Dimapur, November 22: The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority conducted Nagaland Emergency Preparedness Exercise (NEPEx) across Nagaland on Thursday.
Dimapur: In Dimapur, the mock drill exercise started off with the sounding of the sirens from DC’s office Dimapur and Commissioner Police office at 9:45 am. Immediately, DC Dimapur who is also the Responsible Officer (RO) activated the IRS system and all the officials converged in the DC’s conference hall. The RO briefed them about information received about severe flooding reports at 22 locations under Dimapur district. Staging areas and relief camps were set up within half an hour and all resources were pulled in at Nagaland Badminton stadium which was identified as the staging area.
Personnel from SDRF, NDRF, Home Guards and Civil Defence, Magistrates, Assam Rifles, Police and all stakeholders were dispatched to different affected sites for rescue operations.
DC also the RO and chairman DDMA Dimapur, Anoop Kinchi IAS, congratulated and thanked all the departments and stakeholders for giving their best for successful conduct of the mock drill exercise. While debriefing, Anoop also observed that preparedness makes one think how to react. As suggested by the observers and other officials involved at the mock drill, Anoop agreed the need for more trainings of the community First Responders staring that they were basically the first Responders to react during disasters.
ADC V. Lovitoly Sema also the Incident Commander (IC) for the mock drill exercise observed that any kind of disaster may occur anytime and that basically disaster management was all about management of resources, preparedness, response and recovery. She informed that during the mock exercise held at Dimapur, 130 persons were rescued, 84 given first aid and shifted to relief camp, 25 injured shifted to hospital, 5 disabled persons were rescued and 16 dead bodies retrieved and sent to the mortuary at Dimapur district hospital. Enough resources were pulled in by the line departments with 18 ambulances, 13 vehicles, 6 observers, and 12 magistrates, she informed.
During debriefing, observers felt that most of the institutions were not disabled friendly with lack of basic infrastructures like ramps. They also emphasized on more of such drills for better synergy in future, before monsoon season arrives.
Phek: At Phek, NEPEx was conducted at local ground Phek. The DDMA Phek performed the mock drill at Bethel colony, Jerico-11 colony, Hebron-1 colony, Phek Government College and Treasury Office.
Wokha: Wokha conducted mega mock drill/exercise for preparedness and mitigation at seven location/ incident base namely Mt.Tiyi College Wokha (Building collapse), Dr. Motsuo Memorial District Hospital (Patient treatment), Wokha Town Council Shopping complex (Fire), Police Point (Building collapse), LMS School (Evacuation drill), DBS (Evacuation drill) and Government Fishery/Tsumang lake (Drowning). Emergency operation centre, staging area, incident command post, relief camp, operation section, planning section and logistic section were located at public ground Wokha to monitor the mock drill.
The rescue operation and mock exercise was done with the assistance by personnel from SDRF (Home Guards & Civil Defense), Community First Responders, Scout & Guides, TOTs and Village Disaster Management Authority (Wokha village & Longsa village).
Deputy Commissioner, Wokha & Chairman Wokha District Disaster Management Authority, Orenthung Lotha thanked all departments and stake holders involved for the successful conduct of the mock exercise. While debriefing after the exercise the DC stated disaster strike without warning which leads to sudden catastrophic, loss of lives and properties where he urged all line departments and stakeholders to be prepared and keep themselves well equipped to tackle in times of emergencies and eventualities.
He urged line departments, units and team leaders to be aware of their role and responsibilities so that timely response and recovery can be activated to handle any kind of situation in a way to limit damage and to lessen the impact of disaster.
Longleng: Mock drill exercise was conducted at two locations in Longleng – one at DC office and the other at Agri Ward Circular Road damaged by massive landslide.
After hearing the warning bell, the rescue and operation team comprising all Government departments and agencies gathered at the local ground to provide necessary assistances and rescue operations. The ‘F’ Company 44th Assam Rifle, Longleng set up immediate relief camp and arranged the staging area.
After briefing operation team by the Incident Commander D. Robi, ADC Longleng comprised of the Fire Service, Police and Security Force rushed to the affected locations. The medical team also rushed to the affected areas along with doctors and nurses with first aid facilities. After rescuing the victims the rescue teams rushed back to the relief & staging area camp and provided medical facilities to the victims.
During the debriefing, the respective officers reported their activities to the Responsible Officer. The Major S.K. Kaushik of 44th A/R who was the observer of the mock drill exercise presented the overall picture of NEPEx performed by the district officials.
The DC & RO lauded the team for successful conduct of mock drill despite shortage of manpower, equipments and machineries in the district.
Kiphire: Kiphire district carried out Nagaland Emergency Preparedness Exercise (NEPEx) at the District Headquarter.
During the debriefing, DC Kiphire, Sarita Yadav IAS expressed gratitude to all the district officers for their active participation. Superintendent of Police Kiphire, Amit Nigam IPS encouraged the officers, volunteers and the participants for their support and active involvement. Second in Command Assam Rifle R.K Chhetri also encouraged the people of Kiphire to continuously cooperate with each other during such times as well as during actual disaster incident.
Mon: Mon District Disaster Management Authority conducted NEPEx at District Hospital, Lucy’s shopping complex, FCI godown, BDO residence, residence of Chingkai, PWD (R&B) office, CMO office, DEO office, DRDA office, Nokton BDO residence, ADC Guest House, Office Club, Walo Guest House and Power House.
Staging area was set up at DC Office Complex, Relief Camp at Town Council Hall, Helibase at Helipad, makeshift/temporary hospital at Rapha Hospital Complex, Incident Command Post at DC Office Complex and DB’s Court as Operation Section, Planning Section and Logistics section. 100 volunteers from Mon Theological College and Konyak Baptist Church Mon were designated as Community First Responders.
Incident Response System (IRS) during the exercise were Thavaseelan K, IAS, DC Mon as Responsible Officer. All HoD s and staff of line department took part in the exercise.
Tuensang: Tuensang conducted the mega mock drill with DIG Range Rajashikaran as the observer. The drill was conducted at three locations – Youth Resources Department office building as building collapse rescue situation, bazaar fire incident situation and water resources office site as landslide situation.
The number of volunteers deployed in the drill included 33 NCC cadets, three teachers in charge from GHSS Tuensang, Akum Imlong School and Loyem Memorial School, 16 nurses and medical attendants along with 2 doctors. 34 SDRF along with one officer and 33 DEF along with four officers were also engaged in the mega mock drill operations.
The staging location was located at Loyem Memorial Ground where all the volunteers and participants gathered for demobilization and debriefing. DIG as the Observer gave feedbacks and Deputy Commissioner of Tuensang as Responsible Officer concluded the event with his remark.
(Page News Service)