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NaSIMEX Comes to a Close



ODPEM | 2012-02-17 16:04:00

The National Earthquake and Tsunami Simulation Exercise 2012 (NaSIMEX 2012) concluded its final table top exercise yesterday at the Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management’s (ODPEM) headquarters. The table top exercise examined the development of a plan to ensure the most rapid response to international Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) teams to Jamaica in the after math of a major earthquake event.

Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management (CDEMA), Mr. Jeremy Collymore gave opening remarks at the event and stated the importance of conducting exercises of this nature. The multi agency team present addressed key issues that would be required in a plan for external assistance in USAR. These included the mobilization for external assistance, reception of the team, deployment, employment and repatriation. A draft plan is now in the process of being developed based on the outputs from this exercise.

On Wednesday February 15, 2012 the ODPEM in collaboration with a number of its partner agencies and parish councils, staged a series of earthquake drills across the island. The drills included the participation from communities, schools and businesses with the aim to test the response of critical agencies and institutions to an earthquake and tested the knowledge of Standard Operating Procedures, including evacuation, assembly and roll call.

In addition, an official Search and Rescue exercise was conducted at the Kensington Primary School in Portmore, St.Catherine. This exercise involved a mass casualty incident at the school with more than 70 students and teachers participating and also included the involvement from the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Ministry of Health, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Red Cross.

The community of Old Harbour Bay carried out its first Earthquake and Tsunami drill on Wednesday February 8, 2012. The drill which was spearheaded by the ODPEM in collaboration with the St. Catherine Parish Disaster Committee, the Old Harbour Bay Community Emergency Response Team and a number of partner agencies was carried out in a relatively intense and rigorous setting.

The inter-related table top exercises were conducted throughout the months of January and February and tested the responses for: the Continuance of Governance, Fire, Transport, Tourism and Education. The exercise also examined the requirements for water, security and evacuation.

The overall objective of NaSIMEX 2012 is striving to enhance national earthquake readiness and assess the level of inter-agency coordination for a major emergency response at the National and Parish Levels. NaSIMEX 2012 which was launched on Friday January 13, 2012 will be an annual event for the ODPEM and its partner agencies.

The total cost of NaSIMEX 2012 is approximately JMD$ 4.5 million and was funded by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

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