Staff Reporter

It will be conducted in the two coastal districts of Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur

BHUBANESWAR: With a view to review the disaster plan of the State, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will be conducting a mock drill in Orissa on cyclones on June 19.

The mock exercise will be conducted with a chain of action from the State, district, block to village levels to test the standard operating procedures prepared for management of cyclones, said Gyana Ranjan Das, State project coordinator of Orissa State Disaster Mitigation Authority (OSDMA).

"The mock exercise will take into consideration vulnerability of Orissa to cyclones, cyclone season, areas prone to cyclones, number of villages, houses and population affected, lives and cattle lost and economic losses," B.K. Khanna, NDMA's expert in training and capacity development said.

Blueprint

The mock drill will be conducted in the two coastal districts of Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur. It is proposed to extend the mock exercise to all the cyclone shelters for wider impact and public awareness.

At a conference organised here before the drill, a blueprint was prepared here on Friday. As per the plan, Incident Command Post (ICP) would be established for coordination and control. Relief camps would be established for evacuees. Medical relief centres would be set up for evacuation and for medical aid, Mr. Das said. Collectors of Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara would nominate district level nodal officers.

The mock drill was expected to help evaluate the Emergency Response Plan and Standard Operating Procedures of the districts selected for mock exercise, highlight the roles and responsibilities of various stake-holders, enhance coordination among Emergency Support Functions (ESF), generate public awareness by involvement of local government, NGOs and community, and identify the gaps in resources in man power and communications, and any other field.

A final report would be prepared based on the observation on the mock drill. Top government officials, village level leaders like sarpanchs and OSDMA officials were present at the conference.