GEO HAZARD WORKSHOP
“Let’s Prepare and prevent rather than repair and repent”
Takshila Educational Society has established a benchmark by carving a niche to the welfare and wellbeing of the society at large by creating awareness about the possible hazards that could wreak the humanity in the event of disasters. To affirm this above fact, Delhi Public School Coimbatore took proactive measures by organizing two days’ interactive workshop on Geo Hazard for teachers’ fraternity, Helpers and Administrative staff members for two consecutive days on November 4 & 5, 2017 at Audio-visual room.
The Workshop got underway sharp at 8:00 a.m. by the welcome address extended by Headmistress ma’am followed by introducing the facilitators Mr. Hari Kumar, the President of Geo Hazard Society and his team members Mr. Pranav and Mr. Mudassir, the Project officers of Geo Hazard Society located at New Delhi. It’s basically a non-governmental organization works mostly with schools and vulnerable communities. The organization has been conducting workshops by visiting all seismic prone areas, which are easily susceptible to disasters such as Earth quake, Fire accident, Flood and landslides and so on.
The First Day- November 04, 2017
The first day workshop emphasized primarily on how to adopt precautionary measures in the event of disasters such as Earth quake, outbreak of fire and other possible hazards, which are likely to occur. Following topics were deliberated upon at lengths:
- Hazard is a physical event, which can potentially trigger a disaster.
- Awareness, Preparedness, Planning and mitigation measures need to be taken at the earliest.
- Risk mitigation – increase capacity, decrease vulnerability, falling hazards mitigation.
- What happens in a school during a large earthquake?
- Steps of Drop, Cover & Hold on need to be followed during Earthquake shaking.
- Adequate drills to be given to students at regular intervals.
- Evacuation drills to be conducted frequently to avoid stampede and other injuries.
- Safety and security measures to be adopted at every step.
- Basic disaster awareness, preparedness, drills, falling hazards, retrofitting
- Fire and earthquake alarm to be installed on both the buildings.
- What is fire & its safety measures?
- First aid awareness to be given to all staff members
- How to extinguish fire?
- How to operate fire extinguisher?
- Different kinds of fire extinguishers.
- What to do if you are trapped?
- School bus safety
In addition to these, mock-drills were conducted and demonstrated by the facilitators to ensure safety and security in the event of earthquake, outbreak of fire and terrorism. Many videos and PowerPoint slides were shown to reiterate the safety measures of earthquake, fire, landslide and terrorism.
Moreover, Coimbatore being in seismic zone III, is less susceptible to such disaster. However, the special emphasis was given to outbreak of fire and its evacuation strategy. Subsequently, various teams were divided to go around the campus to adjudge the potential hazardous areas including Resource Centre, Science Integrated lab, ICT lab, Music Studio, Dance Studio, Classrooms, store rooms and staircases. Later on, each team presented their evaluation by sharing the hazardous areas acting as stumbling blocks during such disaster.
The Second Day- November 05, 2017
The second day Workshop commenced with falling hazards occurring inside the rooms due to the objects rather than a disaster. A high-percentage of the casualties and losses in an earthquake are caused by objects that can fall on people, causing serious injury, blocking the exits or damaging the property. Pamphlets were distributed on ‘Disaster Preparedness Plan for Families’. Following issues were deliberated upon:
- How to fasten the objects to stay intact to avert swaying during earthquake?
- How to unclutter the exit areas?
- Home hazard Hunt
- Developing a family Preparedness plan
- Prepare a family Emergency Kit
- Turn off gas, electric heaters and main electricity line during earthquake
- When outside, stay away from buildings, trees and power lines.
- Check staircases before evacuating
- Stay Calm and composed and avoid being misled by false rumours.
- Nonstructural hazards
- Terrorism preparedness
Thereafter, the following committees were formed to ensure meticulous safety measures at school:
- School Safety Committee
- Formation of DM Teams
- Disaster Awareness Team
- Disaster Response Team
- Search and Rescue Team
- First Aid Team
- Fire and Earthquake Team
- Site Security Team
- Bus Safety Team
After this, an elaborate activity was conducted by dividing the entire team into four teams to analyze the best possible ways for evacuation and surprisingly, each team eventually came up and presented the various ways of exits during such unforeseen event. Thus, the two days’ Workshop indeed proved to be an enriching experience, which gave an entirely a new insight about various safety measures to be adopted and adapt in the outbreak of such untoward events.