DC assesses disaster preparedness

SEPPA, May 3: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Gaurav Singh Rajawat convened a meeting of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) to take stock of the preparedness and readiness with respect to disaster management here on Thursday.
The DC opined that everyone should remain prepared for any eventuality and urged all members to be vigil and alert, especially during the rainy season.
“Natural disasters may occur anytime and anywhere without any warning, so we should always be alert,” he said.
The DC enquired about the provision for buffer stock of food grains and other essential items, such as medicines, position of rescue and emergency force, status of road communication, power and water supply, danger level of Kameng River and others.
Terming social media and telecommunication services the easiest and fastest mode of transmission of information, the DC instructed the SP and DDMO to keep the emergency control rooms open 24×7 and directed the DDMO to collect and circulate the contact details of all HoDs and public leaders for all concerned and the public.
Suggesting rigorous announcement through PA system, the DC instructed the DIPRO to devise a plan for immediate and quick dissemination of information and alert masses during occurrence of any disaster events.
Acknowledging that road communication is crucial, the DC directed construction agencies and departments concerned to keep all roads open by engaging necessary machinery and deploying adequate manpower.
He also directed various other stakeholder departments to be prepared.
Members of the DDMA and HoDs present also suggested several measures regarding disaster management.
Later, the DC also convened a meeting with various NGOs, civil society organisations and representatives of colonies and appealed to them to remain alert and extend their cooperation in tackling any untoward disaster events.