SHOs told to draft micro-level disaster management plan

TIRUCHI, MARCH 24 . Learning from the recent tsunami experience, Station House Officers (SHOs) should draft a micro-level disaster management plan which will enable them to be in a state of preparedness and act fast in hours of emergency in future, the Superintendent of Police, Government Railway Police, Tiruchi, A. G. Mouriya, said here today.

Sharing his experience of relief and rescue operations in the coastal Nagapattinam district after the tsunami, at the one-day capsule course in `Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation' organised for police personnel here, Mr. Mouriya said that though natural disasters could not be prevented, their impact could be mitigated.

From the tsunami experience, a lot had to be learnt about disaster management and the ways to be in a state of preparedness to act in hours of emergency. The first 12 hours was the most crucial period in times of a crisis, which required efficient handling and management of the situation.

Based on the recent tsunami it is time to think about the future and the ways to handle similar kind of a situation. The Station House Officers (SHOs) should thoroughly study the topography of their respective jurisdiction and have first-hand information ready about the kind of facilities available which would be of immense use in times of an emergency. "It should be inbuilt in the stations", Mr. Mouriya observed. The SHOs should educate their subordinates on the plan and conduct mock drills, which would further improve the ways to handling a crisis, he said. The relief and rescue operations in Nagapattinam were carried out efficiently without seeking the assistance of any foreign country. Appreciating the service of police personnel involved in the tsunami operations, he said they had prevented crimes, besides giving protection to the VVIPs who visited the spot.

Recalling his experience when huge tidal waves struck Nagapattinam district, the Superintendent of Police, Nagapattinam, K.A. Abdul Rawoof, said the tsunami was an experience for the police personnel for they had not witnessed such kind of a disaster earlier. Despite being under tremendous pressure, the police personnel ensured that there were no law and order problems when the disaster struck. Urging the police personnel to further improve themselves, learning from the tsunami episode and act according to the situation with lot of patience.

Making a presentation about the rescue and relief works undertaken by government agencies, the District Rural Development Agency Project Officer, Manohara Singh, said a team for disaster management should be constituted to handle the situation in times of a crisis.

The District Collector V. Pandian, said the police had played an important role in tsunami operations.

T. P. Sundaramoorthy, Commissioner of Police, Govindarajulu, Principal, Valivalam Polytechnic College, Nagapattinam, M. Marcus Diepen Bhoominathan, Principal, Bishop Heber College, Tiruchi, K. Bakthavasalam, District Fire Officer, and G. Ragavel, Dean, K.A.P.V. Medical College, Tiruchi spoke.

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