Disaster management familiarization exercise underway

SEPPA, May 12: The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), in collaboration with 12 Battalion of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) launched a two-week familiarization exercise in East Kameng district from 7 May at the district hospital here.
During the day-long programme organized on Saturday here at the Kameng Presidium School, the personnel of 12 Bn NDRF team, led by Inspectors Bhaskar Kumar and Manish Kumar Chaudhary and Sub-Inspector Ram Singh Sahni gave brief demonstrations on basic steps and techniques of rescue during disaster and also highlighted the use of improvised tools and methods from locally available resources.
The NDRF personnel explained about the precautions to be taken during occurrence of disaster. The team also gave a demonstration of the rescue operation, and way of operating rescue equipment, giving first-aid to injured persons and other related acts of rescue to the attended participants.
Apart from demonstration on disaster management, the NDRF team explained the people about disaster preparedness and safety tips to reduce the extent of disaster. They also demonstrated about various techniques to rescue people caught during disasters, like fire, earthquake and other natural calamities.
Speaking on safety rules, precautions and response during natural or man-made disasters, Inspector Kumar said disasters may occur anywhere anytime. He urged the people to learn the modern techniques to stay safe during disaster.
Kumar informed that the central government has created a total of 12 NDRF companies in the country, which have been dealing with natural calamities and conducting rescue operation in disaster-hit areas.
Stating that the Himalayan region, including Arunachal Pradesh is very prone to earthquake, Inspector Kumar said the common people of the region should be kept alert in this regard.
AMDO Keshok Dodum assisted the team in sensitizing the masses in local dialect.
Interacting with the NDRF team, East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Gaurav Singh Rajawat briefed about the status of flood and other natural calamities that have occurred in the district so far.
“As ours is a Himalayan state, we cannot rule out the possibility of disasters like earthquake and so, we need to be prepared”, he added.
He made an appeal to the people to cooperate and participate in the programme for general awareness.
Besides students and public, the programme was also attended by officials of the district administration, medical, police, WRD, and other officials of the Disaster Management department.
Similar familiarization programmes were conducted earlier at GSS New Seppa, GMS Pacha and GHSS, Bazaar Line in Seppa.