Table top exercise for NEPEx held in districts

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Dimapur, November 20: DC Dimapur, Anoop Kinchi IAS, also the responsible officer for NEPEx Dimapur district, said disaster cannot be prevented but can be mitigated and said,” for mitigation, preparedness is the best option.” He said this during the table top exercise that was convened on November 20 in the DC’s conference hall Dimapur, as per direction of NSDMA given to all district for conducting mock drill, simulating extreme weather conditions.
During the exercise, Anoop called upon all the officials to take the exercise very seriously in order to be better equipped and to be in a better position to tackle when real disaster strikes.
Reminding about the October 27 flood situation, specially in Dimapur, he asked all to do a realistic drill on November 21, observing that with such mock drills, the district would be able to react to the situations more efficiently if such disaster occurs again.
ADC Dimapur, V Lovitoly Sema, also the incident commander for the mock exercise, said that NEPEx is done annually for testing the machineries and preparedness of the state in case of disasters. She highlighted on the activities to be conducted during the mock drill. She further informed that all resources has to be stationed in the staging area, badminton stadium Dimapur, opposite DC’s office and also requested all persons involved in the exercise to carry their roles and responsibilities for successful conduct of the mock drill.
Further, the public of Dimapur have been informed not to panic or be alarmed as the siren for the process of the mock drill will be sounded at 9:45 am.
Kohima: The Kohima District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) organized table-top exercise in regard to Nagaland Emergency Preparedness Exercise (NEPEx) 2019 at Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Kohima on November 20 under the chairmanship of DC Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie NCS.
Briefing the members, the DC informed that the NEPEx 2019 exercise, which will be held on November 21, is to mainly test the capability of the State preparedness in the event of disaster with the available resources of the State Government and other Stakeholders. He said that the NEPEx 2019 exercise would be focusing on landslide and its related effects in occurrence of the event, and called upon all the responsible designated officers to take note of their roles and responsibilities well in advance through this table top exercise and be prepared to act upon immediately as and when the incident occurred.
ADC Kohima. Lithrongla Tongpi Rutsa gave an introduction on the NEPEx 2019 exercise, which is a statewide mega mock drill exercise where all the other districts would also be participating at the same time. She said that the exercise would also be intended for strengthening of awareness, preparedness, response and also the recovery plan to act upon it when such incident happens. She highlighted the identified places for the NEPEx 2019 exercise and further hope to conduct the exercise in a fruitful manner with the participation and coordination of all concerned.
The table top exercise dwelled on the roles and responsibilities of various designated responsible officers from different sections and further discussed on how to execute their roles and responsibilities with the available resources to handle the situation in times of the incident. The members were also made clear of their doubts for the conduct of the exercise as well as for future references.
District Project Officer DDMA, Victor Yhome gave an overview of the Incident Response System structure and also highlighted the roles and responsibilities of Incident Response Team, Incident Commander, Operation Section, Planning Section and Logistic Section for the conduct of the NEPEx 2019 Exercise.
Kiphire: Kiphire district administration along with the district officers organized a table top exercise and review meeting for mock drill on emergency exercise which will be conducted on November 21. The meeting was held in the DC’s conference hall on November 20. The meeting was chaired by DC Kiphire, Sarita Yadav IAS.
She informed the members on their roles and responsibilities and asked them to positively act their assigned work.
ADC Kiphire, Reny Wilfred, IAS highlighted on how to generate greater awareness on the issue of disaster management. SP Kiphire, Amit Nigam, IPS also highlighted law and order situation during natural calamities.
Longleng: In connection with all Nagaland mega mock drill on Earthquake and Landslide to be conducted on 21st November 2019, table-top exercise was held under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioner, Longleng, M. Shayung Phom on November 19 in the DC’s conference hall.
The DC cautioned that the department found absent during the table talk exercise and mega Mock Dill will be reported to higher authority, he directed all the departments to mandatorily participate in the NEPEx without fail.
EAC Headquarter Robi Sangtam presented the overall Incident Response System and the role and responsibilities of the incident response team which comprise of every department. He recalled that mock drill conducted the last time was very successful and expect better this year with the active participation of the government officers. Robi also asserted that the main purpose of the NEPEx was to educate and generate awareness among the communities and different agencies on how to establish mechanism for effective response to any disaster. The goal of the NEPEx is to make the state prepared because Nagaland is vulnerable to many natural calamities, he added.
SP Longleng, the ‘F’ Company Commander 44th AR, Longleng and ADC Longleng also spoke and shared their previous experiences with the members. Booklets on Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) were also distributed to the members.
(Page News Service)