Kohima,17 June:Nature’s fury such as earthquake strikes us without warning. If it is high magnitude and high intensity, the destruction would be astronomical. In spite of the best scientific approach, the occurrence of earthquake can not be accurately predicted. It may be now, tomorrow or even after 100 years.
The best thing is, therefore, to remain always alert to minimize the loss of lives and properties in the event of such nature’s fury.
Keeping this in view, the Nagaland State Steering Committee on Disaster Risk Management has come out with a idea to conduct a mock drill on earthquake risk management at Nagaland Civil Secretariat tomorrow at 12 noon. The idea is to create awareness among the officers and staff of the Civil Secretariat to respond to such disaster without panic.
A circular issued by the Additional Chief Secretary Lalthara informed all officers and staff working in the Secretariat to make it mandatory to participate in the mock drill at 12 noon. He said normal office duty will continue after the drill. The circular directed officer-in-charge of each branch/department to ensure that all the staff evacuate their respective branch/department when siren is blown for which arrangement has already been made. The officers in charge are also requested to note time taken by the staff in evacuating their respective rooms through earmarked exit routes to the safety zones which have also been earmarked. To make the mock drill a success, necessary instructions have been issued to all the branches and departments.