TAWANG 9 July: A meeting to take stock of the disaster preparedness of the district was held today. Various aspects viz. stocking of essential commodities / life saving medicines, arrangement of safe drinking water, departmental contingency plans, damage assessment, evacuation plan etc were discussed at length. Existing Buildings to be used as temporary shelters in case of any eventualities were identified and roles and responsibilities of all concerned officers were also conveyed.
Speaking during the meeting, ADC Tawang Lobsang Tsering outscored the importance of such meetings to review the preparedness and requested everyone for active participation so as to frame a robust and holistic disaster mitigation plan. Recalling the past incidences of flash flood and landslides that had resulted in loss of many lives and properties, he advised everyone to keep vigil.
SP Tawang Sagar Singh Khalsi stressed on creating awareness regarding precautionary measures to prevent natural calamities as well as manmade mishaps through various means like mock drills, capacity building programmes, making, talks through All India Radio, display of signboards at vulnerable areas including Tourist places, distribution of pamphlets, social media, advisories on District Administration website etc . Further, reflecting on the importance of a detailed/comprehensive list of inventory including smallest of detail viz availability of search lights, daos, ropes etc, SP reiterated that our objective should be to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Major Shekhawat from 190 Mtn Bde also highlighted on the importance of communication during emergencies through exchange of representative and assured of full cooperation.
The meeting was attended by Head of Departments and representatives from Army and SSB.