Drill Report –To be filled by the Institution
Name of the School: Tibetan Children’s Village School, Dharamsala Cantt.
Current Contact Details
Tel No: 01892-221266 Email Id:firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Tibetan Chidren’s Village , Dharamsala Cantt. District Kangra H.P. India
Number of students who participated in the drill: 1945
Number of teachers who participated in the drill: 125
Time at which the drill was conducted: 11a.m.
Steps taken to execute the drill:
- The school Management Committee in its meeting discussed on the earthquake drill and unanimously decided to conduct the earthquake drill in homes and hostels this year as students had received several drill practices in classrooms. During the meeting, Mr. Phuntsok Namgyal, Village Director and Mr. Namdol Tashi, School Principal gave strong directions to the section headmasters and headmistress to make this drill effective through necessary preparations. The school doctor was asked to depute a medical team for the drill.
- The section headmasters and headmistress made the announcements during the assembly on needed preparations to carry out the preparedness drill effectively.
- The teachers were assigned different homes and hostels and for each home/hostel, a teacher was appointed the main incharge who would guide and supervise the preparation work in homes. The teacher incharge of each home and hostel held meeting with home prefects on preparation and gave precautionary tips to students in homes and hostels before the drill.
- All the necessary arrangements were done such as making charts on precautionary measures during earthquake, making improvised stretchers, formation of rescue teams and first aid medical camp.
- On April 4,2013 at 11 a.m. a total of 1945 students that comprises of 1032 boys and 913 girls of all sections: Senior, Middle, Junior and infant sections and 128 teachers and staff members took part in the drill
- The drill began with a drumbeat for about 2 minutes, all the students practiced Drop, Cover and Hold on under their beds in their respective homes. After the drum stopped, all the students came out of their homes and hostels covering their heads.
- Was a head count done after evacuation to safe assembly areas? Yes, they assembled in three locations: Basketball ground, football ground and Dal lake where medical camps were set up by the school health Centre and the senior first aid club. Teachers and students assembled in these various locations depending upon proximity from their homes. The main teacher incharge in each home was asked to take the roll call to check if all the students had been evacuated safely.
- Were any other activities done after the drill? Students from each home and hostels volunteered to be a part of a rescue team and acted as injured students for the drill. The rescue team evacuated the injured persons to the medical camp where they were provided immediate basic treatment.
- Was debriefing done after the drill? The headmasters and headmistress thanked the teachers and students for their cooperation and also emphasized on the need to take this exercise more seriously in future for their own safety measures.
- 10. Number of photographs being sent to Geohazards: 11
- Mention three things which can be improved in the drill: The entire drill was stimulating as students responded well to the drumbeat and this has helped in developing survival skills as students gained awareness about the basic survival skills.
i) Since this has now become an annual feature in the school, this activity must be mentioned in the school diary so that everyone will be mentally prepared and it will go a long way in identifying potential dangers and avoiding major setbacks in the near future.
ii) Homes are more vulnerable and prone to earthquake especially at night and in the early morning. Hence creating awareness and organizing separate workshop for home mothers on earthquake Safety measures in required.
iii) The local authority should take it very seriously and send atleast one official to each school to observe the drill and make necessary suggestions to the school authority.
iv) A good presentation on earthquake drill should be given by an expert or a disaster management teacher a day before the actual drill practice.
v) Since earthquake is a sudden event, advance notice on time schedule should not be notified on that day. Staff, students and medical team should be notified to stay alert for signal. This will enable us to assess how well prepared we are in rescuing injured persons and providing basic medical care and support effectively and with efficiency in the wake of disaster.