Nuclear disaster exercise in preparation for national operation

Information and photos supplied by Mr Gert Witbooi, Editor of Navy News

28 September 2016

SA NAVY members conducted a joint nuclear emergency exercise with members of the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management and other Armed Services personnel. Led by Major M Snyman from the Joint Operations Tactical Team from Silvermine and Dr Elmien Steyn, Head of Special Planning and Critical Infrastructure of the City of Cape Town, the exercised focused on the elderly, people with disabilities and citizens with animals.

Briefing - Dr Elmien Steyn, Head of Special Planning and Critical Infrastructure of the City of Cape Town briefs the various teams prior to commence of the operation.

The exercise took place on Wednesday 28 September 2016 in Milnerton. It was in preparation of the national Nuclear Emergency Exercise, which will take place on 9 November 2016 at yet-to-be disclosed locations. The national exercise will involve all emergency personnel of all governments and armed services.

Decontamination - in case of a nuclear disaster this is where victims are ‘put through’ to decontaminate their bodies.

Frisking - a City Disaster Management official ‘frisk’ a victim, to determine whether she has been exposed to radiation.

The aim of the exercises is to sharpen the readiness and skills of personnel in the emergency and rescue services of each participating unit. This is also to test the communication channels and cooperation of the various role players.
The national exercise will be overseen by the National Nuclear Energy regulator, which will adjudicate on the standards and compliance of the operation as required by law.

Helping - Maj Snyman and a Navy member give a helping hand to one of the ‘victims’.

Animal - a civilian with her animal are ‘frisked’ to determine any possible ‘radiation exposure’.