Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Earthquake Simulation Exercise held at NSET

National Society for Earthquake Society – Nepal (NSET) conducted "Earthquake Simulation Exercise" at it's Head Office in Bhainsepati, Lalitpur on August 31, 2017. This is a regular periodic activity to hold, as guided by Earthquake Emergency Response Plan (ERP) of NSET, minimum twice a year keeping event date and time in surprise to NSET staff and visitors except for a small core team that conducts the exercise. This simulation exercise helps NSET staff instill ideas to stay safe during earthquakes; and also understand and execute key functions of Emergency Response in the aftermath of major tremors.

Total 85 NSET staff and visitors participated in the exercise. There were planned 14 cases of injuries of various categories. There were 3 persons with hearing impairment, and NSET trained staff helped communicate with them with sign language. The simulation exercise was commanded by NSET Emergency Response Commander Dr. Amod Dixit; while Operation Officer Mr. Ganesh Kumar Jimee assisted him in executing the various functions of emergency response plan.  Teams activated were: Evacuation Team (EVT), Damage Assessment Team (DAT), Search and Rescue Team (SART), Emergency Medical Response Team(EMRT), Safety and Security Team (SAT), International Relation Team (IRT), Inter Agency Liaison Team (IALT)  and Staff and Family Communication Team (SFCT), Public Information and Media Relation Team (PIMT), Visitors' and People with Disabilities (PWDs) Care Team (V-PWDT), Staff Release Team (SRT), Transportation Team, Shelter Management Team (SMT), Emergency Store Management Team (ESMT), Food Water and Relief Supply Team (FWRT) and Logistics and Finance/Resource Management Team. In de-briefing session, each team lead shared the reflections while Alternate Emergency Response Commander Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha critically reviewed the process.

NSET has prepared Earthquake Emergency Response Plan (ERP) that delineates the organization’s role in responding emergency situation in the event of a major earthquakes. The purpose of this plan is to “ensure minimum loss of life and property and continued functioning of the organization during a major earthquake disaster by implementing mitigation and effective preparedness measures and developing efficient response system”. The plan is a dynamic document and needs revision with improvements in the changing context. Plan needs to test by conducting regular drills or exercises. The main purpose of this Simulation Exercise is to periodically practice the roles and responsibilities tasked to various teams and revise the Earthquake Emergency Response Plan in the changing context of facilities, human resources, capabilities and infrastructures at NSET.

This report has been prepared and circulated by NSET Communications ( ) in coordination with NSET Division for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response (DPER) 


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