Joint exercise on earthquake preparedness 2019 concludes

DHAKA The ninth annual Disaster Response Exercise and

Exchange (DREE) 2019 co-hosted by Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief

(MoDMR), Armed Forces Division (AFD) and United States Army Pacific (USARPAC)

was concluded today at Army Golf Club, Dhaka Cantonment, an ISPR release said

today.

Major General(retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, rcds, psc, Security Affairs

Adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina graced the closing ceremony as the

Chief Guest while State Minister, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief

Dr. Md Enamur Rahman, MP was present as special guest.

Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral

Aurangzeb Chowdhury and Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman

Serniabat were also present. Ambassadors and Defence/Military Attaches of

participating countries were present too, according to the release.

Main objectives of the exercise were to Test and enhance ability of

managing earthquake disaster at City Corporation Level through establishment

of Disaster Incident Management Team (DIMT) focusing SAR,

communication(DRECS), medical, shelter, relief, etc.

The exercise also tried to enhance knowledge and practice of international

tools and services for integration of international system into national

system.

The other objective of the exercise was to train divisional level

planners/disaster coordinators (military and civilian), so that they can

arrange similar exercise/training at divisional/local levels.

More than 500 participants from 237 different organizations participated

in DREE Bangladesh 2019. The number of participants was around 1200 during

the FTX. Moreover, over 100 participants from more than 20 countries also

joined this exercise, the release added.

Such exercise will enhance earthquake disaster management of Bangladesh and

also improve regional cooperation for disaster response as a whole.

DREE Bangladesh 2019 with the theme Resilience trough Preparedness will

definitely be a land mark in capacity building of Disaster Management in

Bangladesh.

DREE is the largest earthquake disaster related exercise in the Asia

Pacific region. The exercise was conducted from 27 October to 31 October 2019

simultaneously in Dhaka and Rangpur.

This year the theme of DREE was 'Resilience through Preparedness'.

Dr Md Enamur Rahman, MP, State Minister, Ministry of Disaster Management

and Relief inaugurated the event.

The exercise began with a two-day Subject Matter Expert Exchange where

there was a series of presentations by Subject Matter Experts which actually

set the scene for Table Top Exercise (TTX). In the 3rd day an earthquake

scenario in Bangladesh was depicted.

Participants were divided into various functional groups for TTX. The TTX

focused to bring out the challenges and recommendations for strengthening

various Disaster Management frameworks as a whole and Disaster Incident

Management Team (DIMT) in particular.

All theoretical discussions during TTX were exercised through a massive

Field Training Exercise on the 4th day which was held in Bashundhara

Residential Area 'L Block'.

During FTX, personnel were deployed in the field to test operational

efforts associated with earthquake response.

All stakeholders for earthquake management were integrated in the exercise.

Major events of the FTX were search and rescue, fire fighting, aero-medical

evacuation, logistics management, camp management, human remains management

etc.

Md. Tajul Islam, MP, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-

operatives attended the programme as the chief guest.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)