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Government Officials Practise Tsunami Drill

Government officials were yesterday trained on how to as­semble or evacuate in the event of a tsunami. Around 981 government of­ficials from seven Govern­ment ministries and agen­cies gathered at the
26 Sep 2018 10:26
Government Officials Practise Tsunami Drill
Police officers together with Civil Servants and FIRCA employees during the tsunami drill from Nasese to the assembly area at Berkley Crescent on September 25, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Government officials were yesterday trained on how to as­semble or evacuate in the event of a tsunami.

Around 981 government of­ficials from seven Govern­ment ministries and agen­cies gathered at the Queen Elizabeth Drive in Suva to familiarise themselves with the official Tsunami Drill yesterday.

They included officials from the Office of the Presi­dent, Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources, Ministry of iTaukei Af­fairs, iTaukei Lands Trust Board, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Police Academy and the Fiji Revenue and Customs Services.

Tsunami drill along the Nasese seawall in Suva.

Tsunami drill along the Nasese seawall in Suva.

The drill exercise was con­ducted by the National Dis­aster Management Office (NDMO).

According to the NDMO, this would help prepare staff to evacuate their of­fices within 20 minutes in the event of a tsunami and meet at the assembly point at the Berkley Crescent Re­public of the Fiji Military Forces Strategic Headquar­ters.

The NDMO in a statement had applauded the seven agencies along the Queen Elizabeth Drive for re­sponding well to the Tsu­nami Drill.

“All agencies made it to the assembly area within the 20 minutes mark and that was our initial target,” read the statement.

In addition, whilst respond­ing to the exercise, there were Tsunami umpires from the seven agencies who made recommenda­tions to the NDMO that rec­ommended that there were other possible routes that they could follow during a Tsunami and other evacua­tion plans that they needed to have.

There was also an emer­gency response team which was also present at the as­sembly point and carried out a mock exercise includ­ing health checks.

The President, Major Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote was also part of the drill.

The NDMO has nine Tsu­nami sirens along the Suva Peninsula.

The areas include the Kinoya Sewerage Plant, FINTEL in Vatuwaqa, the RFMF Officers Training School in Vatuwaqa, My Suva Park, the Government Training Centre in Nasese, the iTaukei Lands Trust Board Rooftop in Nasova, Civic Carpark Rooftop in Suva, Government Ship­ping Services in Walu Bay, USP lower campus and Lami Town.

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