Each year, our school has emergency preparedness program as part of the school wide activities. We want our students to be aware of the different weather events and other unexpected situations such as fire and earthquake. For this year’s theme, we focused on the 3P’s – PLAN, PREPARE and PRACTICE.
Part of the program was to inform our students about different emergency situations that can happen here in our school and in the community. Discussion points for the PLAN part include:
– What is an emergency? When can we say that a situation is an emergency?
– What is an earthquake? What to do in case of an earthquake?
– What is fire? And what causes fire? What to do in case of fire?
– Proper evacuation and exit points in the school building.
“Preparing Makes Sense” was emphasized to the students the need of being prepared in such situations. The likelihood that we can survive a house fire depends on not just on having a working smoke detector but having an efficient exit strategy as well…and of course, survival also depends on a well – trained fire department. The same is true for surviving earthquake or other emergency situations. We must have the tools and plans in place to make it on our own, at least for a period of time, no matter where we are when disaster strikes. What to do during an emergency was also discussed as well as the don’ts.
For the PRACTICE part of the program, drill was given to the children in an unannounced way. This was done to test their alertness and calmness given a situation. And the kids needed to apply what they learned during the PREPARE part of the program.