Odisha State Disaster Management Authority holds mock drills simultaniously across state

Bhubanrswar: Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) on Tuesday carried out mock drills simultaniously across the state to check preparedness at various levels to handle #disasters like flood and cyclone.

The mock drill was conducted on settings akin to simulated situation of #flood and #cyclone.

As a part of this a dummy warning message was sent by Regional Office of the India Meteorological Department at Bhubaneswar to the State Emergency Operations Centre (State EOC) functioning in the office of the Special Relief Commissioner at Bhubaneswar.


The dummy message was in turn forwarded by the State EOC to all the District Offices and others. On receipt of the dummy message , the District #Emergency Operations Centres immediately disseminated the same among other offices at the District level, sub-ordinate offices and to the Multi-purpose Cyclone/ Flood Shelter Management and Maintenance Committees.

Then #mock exercises on the line of action to be taken in case of a real disaster were conducted at different levels.

Among others, mock drill was conducted at 552 Multi-purpose Cyclone Shelters and 288 Multi-purpose Flood Shelters constructed in 25 districts for providing shelter to the people likely to be affected / affected by disasters like cyclone and flood.

The drill at the shelter level was participated by the members of the Multi-purpose Cyclone/ Flood Shelter Management and Maintenance Committees and the community members.

The districts in which Multi-purpose Cyclone/ Flood Sheltersare available are Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Puri, Khordha, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Subarnapur, Gajapati, Koraput, Nuapada, Malkangiri, Kalahandi, Boudha, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Jharsuguda and Keonjhar.

The taskforces constituted at the shelter level displayed the Search & Rescue and First-Aid techniques.

The emergency equipment like tower light, mechanized cutter, generator, stretcher and megaphone supplied to the shelters were test operated during the mock drill.

#ODRF, #NDRF and Fire Service personnel also took part in the drill and supervised the mock exercises by the taskforce members.

Representatives from the Block/ Tahasil level administration, local voluntary organisations, Members of Panchayati Raj Institutions and common people attended the mock drill.

This apart, meetings were conducted at different levels in which discussions on management of disasters was held. Awareness rally was also taken up at many places.

Under the guidance of the Special Relief Commissioner, the Mock drill was coordinated at the state level by the officers of the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority and the office of the Special Relief Commissioner.

Similarly, the emergency wing of the Collectorates organized the drill in the district. The Collectors, Additional District Magistrates, Sub-Collector, District #Emergency Officer and other Senior Officers attended and observed the mock drill at different levels. This drill will certainly help efficient management of disasters at different levels.