NSDMA to conduct NEPEx on Apr 26

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Dimapur, April 12: The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) – Home Department will conduct a state wide mega mock drill of Nagaland Emergency Preparedness Exercise (NEPEx) on April 26 to test the capability of the Government of Nagaland to respond to and manage disaster. The drill will be conducted in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
In this connection, the NSDMA on Thursday held a day-long review meeting on Nagaland NEPEx at ATI Thursday. The programme was organized by Home Department in collaboration with NDMA, Government of India.
Delivering the keynote address, Home Commissioner, Abhishek Singh, IAS said that whenever there is disaster, for example an earthquake, that occurs in any part of the country, it is not the disaster alone that causes loss of life and property but the prime reason is because of how unprepared the people are and also because of how poorly the buildings are constructed.
Nagaland being under zone V of earthquake prone areas, the State needs to be prepared, he said. For example, in Kohima due to the rampant expansion in the district it is difficult for the rescue teams to reach the victims. Therefore the only way to prevent and reduce the loss of life and property is to conduct mock drills and impart basic awareness to everyone, he said.
He added that to ensure the objectives of the exercise is carried out the best possible medium is through the media. The media plays a vital role and requested the private media houses and the IPR Department to spread the message. He hoped that the mock drill to be conducted on April 26 will be a success in preventing future disasters.
Joint Advisor (Ops) NDMA Dhirendra Singh Sindhu in his opening remark said that the main objective of the mega mock exercise is to test the adequacy and efficacy of the emergency response plans of the State and District against disasters. He highlighted the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders at the State and District level as per IRS.
He also informed that a multi-State mock drill exercise on earthquake disaster will be held simultaneously in all districts of Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura and Mizoram involving all stakeholders. He stated that the State level mock exercise will staged from the scenario of Shillong Earthquake of 1897.(Page News Service)