A first of its kind off-site emergency disaster management drill was held under the aegis of the Karaikal district administration at the offshore site of Chemplast Sanmar, Karaikal, on 6 July 2014.
The mock drill was conducted to ascertain the readiness of the district disaster management team to react to natural or manmade disasters including fire and chemical accidents.
The team was asked to respond to a stage-managed chlorine leakage at Chemplast Karaikal and the rehabilitation and reaction timings of the disaster management teams were observed by Additional Collector Mohammed Mansoor in an exclusive emergency control room established near the mock drill site.
The mock drill encompassed various departments including the district’s police personnel, traffic police personnel, and a variety of teams–pertaining to rescue and rehabilitation, medical and hazardous material response.
The rescued public and plant personnel were moved to safe houses and provided food and water. After the drill, a debriefing session was held, with the Additional Collector reviewing the performance of the various teams and providing dos and don’ts to ensure efficient disaster management during catastrophic incidents.
A video on the Off-site Emergency Mock Drill was released by District Collector E Vallavan on 30 August 2014.