Kolkata: As part of an exercise to check and review the preparedness of the States on the East Coast of India to meet the Tsunami threat, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India issued directions to National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to conduct a Tsunami Mock Exercise on September 26, 2015 in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and West Bengal. NDRF was designated as the lead agency to conduct the mock drill and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad was given the responsibility to conduct a preparatory workshop on the Tsunami Exercise to be followed by similar preparatory workshop at State levels. The preparatory workshop was conducted by INCOIS on August 26, 2015 in Hyderabad in which NDRF officials and officials from participating States who are dealing with Disaster Management in the respective States and officials from Indian Navy and Coast Guard participated. All the participating States conducted preparatory meetings at State levels for officials of those districts where the Tsunami Mock Drill will take place. As a culmination of deliberations at such meetings, 09 places in Andhra Pradesh, 06 in Odisha, one in Puducherry, one in Tamil Nadu and three in West Bengal were selected to hold the Tsunami Mock Exercise on September 26, 2015 by the participating States.
NDRF as a lead agency, actively participated in the deliberations held at INCOIS, Hyderabad and at the State level and promised to extend all help and expertise to make the Tsunami Mock Exercise a grand success.
All the Commandants, 2nd In Commands of the Battalions were asked to participate in the exercise along with their teams. NDRF also nominated one Officer each at State Emergency Control Centre (SECC) and District Emergency Control Centre (DECC) during the exercise. One Emergency Operation Control Centre (EOCC) for NDRF was established at the Office of the DIG, SZ, NDRF, Chennai during the exercise.
The objectives of the Tsunami Mock Exercise :
- To check and review the preparedness of the agencies, departments involved in Disaster Management(DM) at State and District levels.
- To check and review the channel and flow of Tsunami WARNING/ALERT/WATCH Bulletins issued by INCOIS, Hyderabad to various Govt. agencies.
- To check and review the response of various agencies and departments to the impending disaster.
Timeline of Events during the Mock Exercise :-
0930 hrs- ITEWC (Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre), INCOIS (Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services), Hyderabad issued Tsunami Mock Drill Test Stand up Message to all agencies/Departments involved in the incident.
0935 hrs- ITEWC Test Bulletein-1 Issued
0940 hrs- ITEWC Test Bulletein-2 Issued
0950 hrs- ITEWC Test Bulletein-3 Issued
1045 hrs- ITEWC Test Bulletein-4 Issued
1145 hrs- ITEWC Test Bulletein-5 Issued
1245 hrs- ITEWC Test Bulletein-6 Issued
1330 hrs- Final Bulletin issued.
All the concerned agencies received the Bulletins issued by ITEWC, INCOIS Hyderabad and action was taken as per SOP at all the designated places. The objectives of Tsunami Mock Exercise were met satisfactorily.
List of places where tsunami mock drill conducted today
|1||Tamil Nadu||Poombuhar, District: Nagapattinam|
|2||Puducherry||Pattinasery, District: Karaikal|
|3||Andhra Pradesh||a) Patha,Megavaram, Bandaruvani & Peta, Dist:Srikakulam
b) Pathivada, Dist: Vizianagaram
c) Vadapalem, Dist Visakhapatnam
d) Pallipalam, Dist: East Godavari
e) Turputallu, Dist: West Godavari
g) Suryalanka, dist: Guntur
h) Chinnapattapupalem, Dist: Prakasam
i) Mypadu, Dist: Nellore
|4||Odhissa||a) Chandipur, Dist: Balasore
b) Paidalpur, Dist:Bhadrak
c) Tikayatnagar, Dist Kendrapara
d) Nuadaon, Dist: Jagadsingpur
e) Delada, Dist: Puri
f) Kanamana, Dist: Kanjiam
|5||West Bengal||i) Kakdwip, South 24 Parganas|
|ii)Digha, Purba Medinipur,|
|iii)Sandeshkhali, North 24 Parkanas|
Source: Press Information Bureau