Two-month preparedness exercise for earthquakes

Published: Dec 06, 2011, 06:48 IST | Surender Sharma |

Initiated by the Delhi government, Delhi Disaster Management Authority will take the programme forward in the city

Initiated by the Delhi government, Delhi Disaster Management Authority will take the programme forward in the city

Delhi government has launched a two-month earthquake-preparedness exercise from next week to educate people about steps needed to be taken in the event of a tremor in the city. Being touted as a first of its kind in the country, the exercise will include mock-drills, workshops, media campaigns and awareness programmes at schools, colleges, shopping malls, cinema halls, Metro Stations, airport, hospitals, railway stations, markets, embassies and residential localities. 

Let's get started: Vijay Dev, Divisional commissioner (Delhi govt), at a 
press conference over disaster management in the Capital on Monday. 
Pic/Mid Day 

Delhi, falling in seismic zone IV, is in a high-risk zone and is vulnerable to disasters. Divisional commissioner, Delhi government, Vijay Dev said the exercise is being undertaken to help people deal with earthquakes as Delhi is situated in a high seismic zone. 

Contributers to awareness
Dev said workshops will be participated in by MLAs, councillors, representatives from the judiciary, bar associations, Institute of Engineers, Institute of Architects, Institute of Charted Accountants and Resident Welfare Associations. The exercise will be carried out by Delhi Disaster Management Authority in collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority. "This will be a major disaster management preparedness exercise and the first of its kind in the country for earthquake and other disasters," Dev said. 

Dev said school children are being involved extensively in the campaign and on Thursday, all schools will participate in the same at 11 am. "All school children in Delhi will participate at the same time in the drop, cover and hold exercise when a special type of bell rings in schools," he said. 

This exercise is a part of an emergency drill for school children and will teach them how to react when an earthquake occurs in their area. "For the first time, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority and National Disaster Management Authority will conduct this major 'shake out drill,' covering all schools at the same time, to train the children get ready for a possible earthquake. 

DDMA since its inception
Since its inception in 2008, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has conducted 3,091 awareness generation programmes, 5,799 training programmes and 1,389 mock drills in Delhi.  

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