EOCs essential to mitigate natural disaster damage: Secy DMRR

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 7: Secretary Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Talat Parvaiz today said that Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) are an essential centralized mechanism for incident response, which is instrumental for successfully carrying out rescue operations at times of natural calamities.
He said this during his site visit to identify the land for construction of Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) at Sidhra.
DGM JKPCC, SDM, Deputy Commandant 2nd Battalion, Tehsildar Jammu, besides disaster professionals and other officers were present on the occasion.
Secretary said that EOCs will collect, gather and analyze data and make decisions to protect life and property and disseminate those decisions to all concerned agencies and individuals; be its rescue operations, emergency hospital services or operation of response team working.
Officers present on the occasion informed the Secretary that the EOC centres will be equipped with modern machinery which will help in mitigating the effects of natural hazards, besides response teams will be able to operate from here at times of emergency during forest fire dozing, flood, earthquake or any natural calamity.
On the occasion, the Secretary said that Jammu EOC centre will work round the clock to monitor alerts which will be received from weather forecasts or other seismic movements and same will be disseminated further through the computer decision support system. After assessing the impending alerts, danger, our constituted team will be prepared and ready beforehand to reduce the loss of life and property.
Besides, the centre will become a knowledge repository system for all such disaster and history of disasters which will be helpful in formulating future decisions and planning to execute measures building disaster resistant structures, he added.
Later, the Secretary inaugurated maiden one day awareness camp on Skill Development for Kashmiri migrant youth being organized by the Relief and Rehabilitation department in coordination with National Skill Development Commission of India and other line departments including Lead Banks, Nabard, JKEDI, Industries and Commerce Department, Technical Education Department, Handloom, Nilet, Rural Livelihood Mission at Jagti Township.


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