Plans afoot to set up emergency operation centre


In order to collect information regarding possible disasters, at a centrally-located place, and for better coordination between different departments, North Goa District Disaster Management Authority is considering setting up a state emergency operation centre (SEOC).
North Goa Collector Nila Mohanan said that currently there is a need for setting up a state emergency operation centre for which discussions are going on, and very soon that concept will be formed.
She said, “SEOC is the way forward. Once it is formed all the information will be received by this centre from various departments and the same will be shared with various concerned departments as per the requirement prior and at the time of disaster.”
She clarified that even though in Goa micro-level disaster cell doesn’t exist, the Collectorate has a mechanism at village level wherein talathis are appointed as the nodal officers, who are directly in touch with their respective block development officers, mamlatdars and deputy collectors, and it does not hamper dissemination of information at the village level.
“We don’t have specific resource, and our office is totally dependent on other government departments but the moment we get information, it is shared down to the ground level through the talathis and concerned mamlatdars and whatever co-ordination is required amongst the departments the concerned deputy collectors supervise at the sub-divisional level and the Collector supervises at the district level,” she said.
“We don’t have a 24X7 control room throughout the year. It is the decision of the government to have a control room during the monsoon because the likely disaster that Goa faces is heavy monsoon. Post-monsoon, the concerned agencies are alerted through fax, wireless messages and phone calls,” she added.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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