Mock exercise on disaster management scheduled to be held on 10 Oct in all four districts of the State

Gangtok, 25 Sept (IPR): National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA) is conducting State level mock exercise in all four districts of the State on 10 Oct, 2018. This mock exercise is also being conducted in 10 districts of West Bengal simultaneously.

A co-ordination-cum-orientation meeting to conduct the mock exercise was organized by SSDMA at the conference hall of Manan Bhawan. The meeting was chaired by Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, Secretaries and Nodal Officers of various State/Central Government line departments, ADGP Sikkim Police, representatives of Army, Air Force, ITBP, SSB, District Disaster Management Authorities, NGOs, Press and Media. The four District Collectors and District Officers from various line departments also attended the meeting through video conference.

State Relief Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Land Revenue & Disaster Management Department, Shri Tsegyal Tashi, briefed the meeting about the upcoming multi-state mock exercise to be held on 10 Oct in the State of Sikkim and 10 districts of WB. He underlined the importance of the co-ordination-cum-orientation meeting in making the mock exercise successful.

He directed all the DCs to activate their disaster management plans in order to carry out the mock exercise in their respective districts. He informed that the preparedness for the main mock exercise on 10 Oct will be reviewed at a table top exercise on 09 Oct.

At the outset, Senior Consultant, NDMA, Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Shri V.K. Datta, stressed on the importance of mock exercise, disaster management plans, roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, etc. He gave a detailed presentation on the mock exercise scenarios, Incident Response System, etc.

The Chief Secretary who also chairs the State Executive Committee for Disaster Management directed all the stakeholders present in the meeting to work together in making the mock exercise successful. He shared his experience as a young officer in the district and informed the meeting about the ways in which he used to deal with disasters with the little resource that was available at that point of time. He informed the stakeholders that all the resources available in the State could be used during the time of disaster. He interacted with all the DCs and sought information about the recent calamities that occurred in the districts.

The DCs reported that preparations were well under way and they were ready to conduct the mock exercise on 10 Oct as scheduled.

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