NDRF conducts awareness programme on ‘school safety’ 

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GUWAHATI, Dec 5: Ten rescuers (01 Inspector & 09 other ranks) of 1st Battalion NDRF in collaboration with principal of Bal Bharti Public School, Beltola, Guwahati conducted awareness programme on  “School Safety” during disaster in which 289 personnel including 235 students and 54 teaching staff participated in the programme. Rescuers of NDRF conducted Drop Cover & Hold method during earthquake disaster, demo on basic life support, bleeding control, emergency moves, improvised rescue aids & school evacuation drill by all participants.

No task is as important as creating safe learning environment for our nation’s children. Recent events of children deaths due to building collapse, fire accident and stampede bring to light the need to be continually vigilant to ensure safety of students and staff in school. Children in school are amongst the vulnerable groups during any disaster.

Disasters often strike without warning and left series of devastation. The loss of life and damage to property due to disaster can be reduced by sensitising local population, preparedness and what preventive actions to be taken in case of disaster, as community is the first responder to respond to disasters.

Since inception, NDRF Guwahati in collaboration with other stakeholders has endeavoured to make North East safe from all types of disasters. Northeast India has challenging terrain and always face various types of natural calamities.

Regular training to reduce vulnerabilities is very important for schools. Measures like communicating the risk, creating awareness and building capacities in preparedness is the need of the hour.

1st Battalion National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) provides disaster response in the NE states and also helping in capacity building by giving training to State Police & SDRF personnel, NCC Cadets, School children etc. Awareness programme on school safety will be very helpful for students & staff of schools for mitigating disastrous situations.

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