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Noida’s disaster management cell prepares to conduct mega mock drill

The Noida authority’s disaster management cell has started approaching various organisations to arrange 505 trainers for the drill

noida Updated: Feb 17, 2017 18:21 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times
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The drill is part of the district administration’s plan to strengthen the city’s disaster management capability.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Representative Picture)

To conduct its mega mock drill in 101 schools of the Gautam Budh Nagar district, the disaster management cell of the Noida authority has started approaching various organisations to arrange the 505 trainers required for the drill.

Noida is a high-risk zone when it comes to earthquakes and falls on seismic zone 4, the highest zone being 5. The drill is part of the district administration’s plan to strengthen the city’s disaster management capability.

Trainers will be requested from various online communities  whose members have worked in disaster management. As per official figures, over 50 people from such communities have been asked to join the drill and teach students effective steps to be taken during any natural calamity.

According to officials, these experts will play a key role in training the students ands conducting evacuation drills. Apart from this, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) too has been approached for deployment of 101 personnel for the exercise. The personnel will act as observers in every school to check the performance of the students and the trainers. The cell will also take 100 previously trained volunteers on board.

Dr Kumar Raka, planning specialist, disaster management cell, Noida, said, “The drill will require a large number of volunteers. As it is to be conducted in April, we have started approaching various platforms and the process is underway.”

The drill was earlier to be conducted in May, but the date has now been advanced to the third week of April. Of the 101 schools, the number of private schools is high due to high student enrolment in them.

The cell has also collaborated with Shuttl, an app-based bus service, and Policy Perspective Foundation (PPF) for volunteers. These organisations have donated Rs1 lakh and Rs3 lakh respectively for the drill, which will be conducted simultaneously across all the 101 schools in an estimated three-hour session.

First Published: Feb 17, 2017 18:21 IST