National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in association with Government of Delhi recently conducted a state-level mock exercise on earthquake preparedness. The exercise was aimed at improving preparedness and response mechanisms of the local administration.
The mock exercise was conducted simultaneously at multiple selected locations, including hospitals, shopping malls, metro stations and high-rise residential buildings, spread across the state to evaluate the administration’s capacity in mobilising resources and reaching out to the affected communities swiftly. Lt Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal was also present at the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC).
R K Jain, Member, NDMA stated that conducting mock exercise enhances preparedness and synergy amongst different stakeholders. Lt Gen (Retd) N C Marwah, Member, NDMA, emphasised on the need for regularly conducting such exercises in Delhi as the state lies in the high-intensity seismic zone IV.
The exercise began with a siren indicating the occurrence of tremors and once that stopped, the SEOC was activated. At the same time, EOCs at the districts also got activated, assessed the damage, formed rescue teams under Incident Commanders and dispatched them to the respective locations. Rescue drills were conducted in coordination with various agencies, such as Traffic control, Fire Fighting Department, Ambulances, Police and Civil Defense.