A mock drill simulating a 7.8 magnitude earthquake disaster was held in Tura today, which was organised by the District Disaster Management Authority in collaboration with the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF).
The exercise is aimed at gauging the disaster preparedness of the staff of the medical, fire and emergency services and others who would be the first responders if such an emergency arose in future. Moreover, the mock exercise was held keeping in mind the fact that the area falls under the Zone V of the earthquake prone area and also to create awareness on disaster preparedness, mitigation and response in case of disaster.
The exercise of evacuation, search and rescue operation, providing first aid treatment and triage before being shifted by ambulances to hospitals saw an active participation from officers of the district, Civil Defence, MPRO, Police, Health, Fire and Emergency Services, Volunteers and other line departments.
After the exercise, a de-briefing meeting was held at the Conference Hall of the Circuit House where Additional Deputy Commissioner, in charge Revenue and Disaster Management, Mary T Sangma, observers B K Dwivedi, Deputy Commandant from 55 BN BSF, Avadhesh Kumar Singh, Assistant Commandant, 120 BN CRPF, Tura, Kumar Gaurav, Inspector 1st Bn NDRF with his team and other officers attended the de-briefing session.
All participants shared their experiences during the mock exercise and gave their suggestions for making the teams more efficient with better coordination while dealing with disaster in future.