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Disaster management lessons for school teachers, protocol for safety to come up

Jamshedpur, Aug. 21 : The SAFE (safety awareness for everyone) Club, a voluntary association for inculcating safety culture in the city has embarked on an initiative to train teachers on how to tackle situation during disaster.

A four- day ‘Train the Trainers’ programme on school disaster management exclusively for master trainers from schools who can be trained to handle kicked-off on Monday .

The programme was inaugurated by Sanjiv Paul, vice-president, safety, health and sustainability, Tata Steel in presence of Ruchi Narendran, chairperson, SAFE; V.N. Gaekwad, chief, safety (India and SEA), Tata Steel; Koshy Varghese, consultant, critical care unit (CCU), Tata Main Hospital; Gopal Choudhary, chief of security, Tata Steel.
Speaking during the inaugural ceremony Paul said ‘ I have been associated with the journey of SAFE since it started.

The genesis of SAFE is to inculcate the change of behavior and culture for the citizens of tomorrow. Organisations that believe that all injuries can be prevented are the ones who are much safer.

He further added that ‘SAFE has been focusing on initiatives like road safety, personal safety, cyber safety etc. This training of Disaster Management will also be a great initiative for the schools of Jamshedpur’
Ruchi Narendran, chairperson, SAFE said ‘We celebrated Fire Safety Week in the month of April, 2017.

During this we conducted many mock drills at several schools of Jamshedpur. We realized that all schools have various levels of preparedness as far as Disasater Mangement is concerned.

We decided to standardize a procedure for Disaster relief protocol. Now its mandatory for all the schools to have a protocol for school Disaster Management’

Accordingly, SAFE will assist identified schools in Jamshedpur to develop School Disaster Management Plan taking cue from the School Disaster Management model suggested by the National Disaster Management Authority.

The plan comprises of formation of School Disaster Management Committee and various response teams.

Principals of various schools appreciated the training programme and expressed their interest in implementing the lessons that will be learnt at the training programme.

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