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Schools need disaster lessons

Health   Write Comment 5th November, 2012

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Schools need disaster lessonsBETTER PREPARED Most schools do not have disaster management plans; govt issues noticesDisaster management, it seems, is not a priority for Delhis schools.If any disaster strikes the capital, hundreds of major schools would find themselves caught on the wrong foot due to the alleged lack of disaster management plans, putting the lives of thousands of students and teachers at risk.The Delhi Disaster Management Authoritys (DDMA) which has been conducting mock drills and carrying out awareness campaigns to ensure that the city is prepared for any eventuality has repeatedly asked schools to submit fool-proof plans, only to be ignored.The Delhi government has now issued show-cause notices to major schools, including Modern School, Barakhamba Road, Ahlcon International School, Amity International School, Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, St Thomas School, Mandir Marg, among others, warning of action in case of further delay.It is mandatory for every school to prepare a plan for evacuation and emergency in case of any major eventuality such as fire, earthquake, accident, but the institutions are yet to furnish the details.The government has also ordered schools to appoint a teacher for the disaster management cell. The teacher will undergo disaster management training.We have been asking them to submit their plan but they have not done so yet. We have again asked them to prepare and furnish a plan soon, otherwise necessary action will be initiated against them, said Dharam Pal, DDMA secretary.Officials said that in the absence of any details, they are unable to integrate the schools individual plans with the citys plans.Schools said they are in the process of drafting and submitting fool-proof plans.Forget disaster management, some schools dont even have medicines for students. In private schools, despite a court order, there is no doctor or nurse to tend to children in case of an accident or ailment, said Ashok Aggarwal, member, All India Parents Association.Information gathered from Internet from Click Here