The capital city is set to become the hub of the state’s disaster mitigation and management activities. The recently-formed State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC), a round-the-clock centralised mechanism for disaster management for the entire state, will be housed in a complex at PTP Nagar.
Among other facilities, it will have a monitoring centre and control room which will operate 24 hours, Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash informed the Assembly on Tuesday. The SEOC was formed on December 26, 2013, by renaming the Hazard Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (HVRA) Cell under the State Disaster Management Authority. (The HVRA is aided by the Revenue Department’s Institute of Land and Disaster Management (ILDM) and the Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS)).
The state government has also invited details from the companies IBM and Inter Graph for equipping the SEOC with the latest technology, the Revenue Minister said.
‘’SEOC envisages a surveillance and protection mechanism which will be operational 24 hours,’’ the Minister said in a written reply. The SEOC will coordinate disaster management activities in all districts and will provide ways and means to reduce destruction and loss during disasters.
Weather stations, discharge gauges and seismographs will be linked to the SEOC to enable quicker predictions and reaction.
The following government departments will be associating with the SEOC to make its functioning smooth and effective: Revenue (which will act as coordinator), Home, Health, Science and Technology, Fire and Rescue Service, Agriculture, LSG, Water Resources, PWD, Forests and Factories and Boilers.