NDMA to conduct earthquake awareness mock drills on Feb. 13

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 01, 2013 07:40 hrs

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will conduct mega mock drills to generate greater awareness among people about earthquakes on February 13.

NDMA in association with state administration of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory of Chandigarh is conducting a mega mock drill in the tri-cities of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula, and Shimla on February 13.

This mega mock drill is designed to test the system capabilities for an effective coordinated response to an earthquake having impact on multiple States.

The drill will be conducted at 60 different locations simultaneously, spread over Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali and Shimla for which experts from NDMA have been extending all prepratory support. Rupees thirty lakhs have been provided to the each of the three States and UT of Chandigarh by NDMA for running the campaign.

Preparatory meetings starting with June 2012 for this mega mock drill have already been held by NDMA Vice Chairman M.Shashidhar Reddy, members and senior officers of NDMA with Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil, Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Himachal Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and senior officers of the three States and UT Chandigarh.

The last such meeting was held on January 9, 2013 at Chandigarh

A final coordination meeting chaired by V.K.Duggal, member, NDMA was conducted here yesterday which was attended by H.K.Gupta, member and K.M.Singh, member, NDMA and senior officers of the three States and UT Chandigarh.

Duggal emphasised the need of immediate setting up of a Central Coordination Centre at Chandigarh and Control Room at Shimla.

UT Chandigarh will be providing infrastructure support for the Central Coordination Centre at Chandigarh and Government of Himachal Pradesh for the Control Room at Shimla. These control rooms shall be set up on February 10 .

According to the scenario, it is expected that all communication channels will collapse in the wake of the earthquake. The only possible communication mode will be wireless communication .

It was, therefore, decided that the locations selected for mega mock drill will be such that they are connected through wireless communication with the Central Co-ordination Centre and Control Rooms respectively, including Delhi. (ANI)

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