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Tuesday, August 31, 2004 - The residents of Vieux Fort in the south of the island are being told not to be too alarmed when a full scale plane crash simulation gets underway at the Hewanorra International Airport on September 15, 2004. Director of the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO), Ms. Dawn French said the simulation will culminate a series of ongoing briefings on Emergency Operation Centre Management (EOC).

Its a workshop to show the staff of Hewanorra International who will be in the EOC when something happens at the airport exactly how to set up the office and the kind of pressures they can expect. Psychological, pressures from the press, the families or just doing a response and so we will be going through that over the three days of the workshop.

According to Ms. French the simulation exercise has to be conducted every two years in compliance with international regulations. As we get towards the simulation date on the 15th , we have a series of international evaluators who will begin arriving. The first one arrives on the ninth to start to putting together because so locals will be evaluating this simulation because we are all role players so we cant evaluate ourselves.

The simulation of a plane crash will take place in collaboration with the medical sector, and the emergency services, including the police and fire department.


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