What are the Guidelines of NDMA? Mega Mock Tsunami Exercise 2017 near Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Download PDF)

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The Ministry of Home Affairs, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), and the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) conducted multi-State mega mock exercise on tsunami preparedness to simulate preparedness along the vulnerable eastern coastline.

Map of Situation Data on Tsunami - India

Map of Situation Data on Tsunami - India

Map of Situation Data on Tsunami - India

Simulation conducted simultaneously in 35 coastal districts along the entire East Coast covering West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu, and Union Territory of Puducherry.

Importance and Aim of the Exercises

  • Improve the early warning and response against a high-intensity tsunami.

  • Tsunami is devastating natural hazard requiring rapid response.

  • The exercise is significant as India’s eastern coast is susceptible to both cyclones and tsunamis.

  • The region was one of the worst affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004.

  • Exercise provides input to state and central agencies in updating their resources, procedures and plans.

Details of the Exercises

  • Scenario depicted a high intensity earthquake near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

  • Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre (ITEWC), INCOIS, issued a massive tsunami threat notification for the eastern coast through e-mails, fax and SMS along with detailed bulletins on its website.

  • States had to respond within two-hour to respond to the situation to reduce property and life impact of tsunami.

  • In half an hour, the State Emergency Operation Centres (SEOCs) were activated sending public warnings to the communities.

  • Evacuation instructions were issued and rescue teams under Incident Commanders were kept at standby.

  • Evacuation drills were conducted in coordination agencies like traffic control, fire fighting department, ambulances, police, coast guards, civil defense and community stakeholders.

Post tsunami, damage assessment done at SEOCs based on information from affected districts and first-hand information by air sorties, both fixed wings and helicopters prioritizing dispatching of task forces to the affected sites.

International Lesson

  • Representatives from 11 pacific Island countries observed the exercise for key lessons and best practices.

  • Exercise was planned for the 2nd World Tsunami Awareness Day held on 5th November this year which includes following activities:

  • Orientation conference on 8th November

  • Coordination conferences and table-top exercises at SEOCs involving districts

NDMA Guidelines

  • NDMA provides guidelines for the following:

  • Guidelines on Museums

  • Guidelines on Cultural Heritage Sites and Precincts

  • Guidelines on Boat Safety

  • Guidelines for Preparation of Action Plan – Prevention and Management of Heat-Wave-2017

  • Guidelines for Preparation of Action Plan – Prevention and Management of Heat-Wave-2016

  • Guidelines on Management of School Safety

  • Guidelines on Management of Hospital Safety

  • Guidelines on Min. Standards for Shelter, Food, Water, Sanitation, Medical Cover in Relief Camps. English Version

  • Guidelines on the minimum level of relief

  • Guidelines on Management of Earthquakes

  • Guidelines on Management of Tsunamis

  • Guidelines on Management of Cyclones

  • Guidelines on Management of Flood

  • Guidelines on Management of Urban Flooding

  • Guidelines On Drought Management

  • Guidelines On Landslide and snow avalanches

  • Guidelines for Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies

  • Guidelines on Chemical Disaster (Industrial)

  • Guidelines for Chemical (Terrorism) Disaster)

  • Guidelines on Medical Preparedness and Mass Casualty Management

  • Guidelines for Biological Disaster

  • Guidelines for Psycho-Social Support

  • Guidelines on Formulation of State DM Plans

  • Guidelines for Incident Response System

  • Guidelines for National Disaster Management Information and Communication System

  • Guidelines for Scaling, Type of Equipment and Training of Fire Services

  • Guidelines for Seismic Retrofitting of Deficient Buildings and Structures.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 10, 2017

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