To impart training on ways to deal with contingencies like an earthquake or a fire accident, Appejay School on Monday conducted a mock drill on evacuation to prepare response force for any emergency in Noida.
The drill received overwhelming response from over 3,500 participants including students and teachers. During the exercise, they learnt how to respond patiently in case of a natural disaster or any manmade calamity.
Several groups were formed to carry out the rescue operation successfully. Those groups were named as crowd management, floor dispersal, and information dissemination etc. Teams and task forces were trained to execute the responsibilities in case of a disaster.
The mock drill was very closely monitored to ensure the safe evacuation of all the participants. Students and teachers also got training on how to use different fire extinguishers in case of fire.
According to an officer with the school, mock exercises cum awareness programme was jointly organised by the school for students and teaching and non-teaching staffs in the school.
Seismic Hazard Map of India places Noida in Seismic Zone IV, which means the area falls under “High Damage Risk Zone” where an earthquake of intensity of VIII may occur.
“In the case of a disaster or a natural calamity, especially earthquake and fire, occur in the day time, it has been noticed that the percentage of children dying are far higher due to an unsafe environment and unprepared schools,” the official informed.
In recent times, the government has taken aspects of disaster risk reduction in school seriously. Therefore, keeping it in view, the vulnerability of area and exposure, management of the school decided to implement the school safety programme in sync with the government of India guidelines to save invaluable lives of children.