Haflong: In association with Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the Dima Hasao District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) organized the inaugural programme of the four-day preparedness exercise at the District Library Auditorium on Tuesday.
The programme was attended by Deputy Commissioner Amitabh Rajkhowa, Superintendent of Police Bir Bikram Gogoi, Principal Secretary (N) Mukut Kemprai and observers from Meghalaya State Disaster Management Authority, resource persons from UNICEF, ASDMA-Guwahati, NDRF, AID Foundation and officers and staff from line departments.
Welcoming all the dignitaries and guests present, Assistant Deputy Commissioner Dipak Jidung spoke on how DDMA prepared and took measures in case of natural disasters like earthquake, landslide and flash flood in the district.
Requesting all line departments to participate, Deputy Commissioner Amitabh Rajkhowa said, “The four days’ exercise is designed to harness the strengths and capabilities of the emergency responders, educational institutions, hospitals and humanitarian agencies.”
Superintendent of Police Bir Bikram Gogoi spoke on the importance of such exercises as during calamities it becomes difficult to act responsibly if unprepared. He said that it was important that all agencies involved be trained so that there was necessary coordination and support during such crisis.
Dr Kripal Majumder from ASDMA briefed about the activities and the mission behind such event. He informed that such events had been successfully conducted in other districts also.
The four-day programme of EMEx there include training to be held simultaneously in five different venues - Government Boys’ Higher Secondary School, Gadain Raji Mahila Samity Community Hall, Circuit House, DC office and Cultural Institute Hall - with resource persons from Assam State Disaster Management Authority, UNICEF, AID Foundation Guwahati, NDRF Guwahati, and observers from Meghalaya State Disaster Management Authority. Apart from training there will be table-top exercise at the District Library auditorium on Wednesday where a good crowd is expected in order to spread as much awareness as possible. On Thursday, there will be a mock drill at Jatinga where all the line departments will be involved.