Disaster preparedness simulation for this week

Georgetown, Guyana, July 8, 2012 (CDC) - The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) will be partnering with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to hold a disaster preparedness simulation exercise here on Thursday and Friday (July 12 and 13, 2012).

Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon told reporters on Saturday that “Floodgate 2012”will also be done in conjunction with the UNDP. “The simulation exercise would be in response to regions affected and at the national level, the floods and testing a number of disaster risk management mechanisms at those levels,” he said.

Dr. Luncheon added that the those mechanisms laid out in policies adopted by the administration, implemented by CDC and related bodies include the flood preparation and response plan, the damage assessment and needs analysis plan, its policy and policies and framework, early warning system, and land, air and sea search and rescue plan.

The simulation exercise is three-phased with the first deals with the rising levels in the drainage and irrigation system where specifically, the warning systems and their applications would be tested as well as the flood preparation and response plans.

Phase two deals with rainfall over-topping and flooding of communities and agricultural lands while the third phase deals with recovery.

According to the Cabinet Secretary, the exercise’s intent is to test and rehearse the implementation of the disaster risk mechanisms in the face of the common seasonal flooding that occurs in Guyana.  
“Floodgate” will be conducted from the CDC headquarters at Thomas Lands and the Region Three, Regional Democratic Council Office at Vreed-en-Hoop.