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Disaster Management can be defined as the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies, in particular preparedness, response and recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters.

Looking at the increase in number of disasters taking place, School has taken the initiative of organizing mock drills and share precautionary safety steps every month with the staff and the students.

A core committee for Disaster Management has been formed including Principal, Vice Principals and other senior staff members. Following evacuation plan for senior school has been prepared to ensure safe exit of everybody in case of any fire or earthquake.

Brief Reports of Steps Taken for Safety of All & Mock Drills
Organized by - Senior School Disaster Management committee

5th May 2016

On 5th May2016 another mock drill was organized on “How to protect your-self and ensure safety in case of an earthquake when indoors or within classroom”.
Children were briefed on how to ensure safety and protect themselves during an earthquake if inside the classroom or school building. Following safety tips were shared with them:

If you are inside, stay inside. DO NOT run outside or to other rooms during shaking. In most situations, you will reduce your chance of injury from falling objects and even building collapse if you immediately:

  • DROP down onto your hands and knees before the earthquake knocks you down. This position protects you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary.
  • COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under the shelter of a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, get down near an interior wall or next to low-lying furniture that won't fall on you, and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.
  • HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.

DO NOT stand in a doorway. You are safer under a table. In modern houses, doorways are no stronger than any other part of the house. The doorway does not protect you from the most likely source of injury−falling or flying objects. Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by falling or flying objects (e.g., TVs, lamps, glass, bookcases), or by being knocked to the ground.

You can take other actions, even while an earthquake is happening, that will reduce your chances of being hurt.

  • If possible within the few seconds before shaking intensifies, quickly move away from glass and hanging objects, and bookcases, china cabinets, or other large furniture that could fall. Watch for falling objects, such as bricks from fireplaces and chimneys, light fixtures, wall hangings, high shelves, and cabinets with doors that could swing open.
  • If available nearby, grab something to shield your head and face from falling debris and broken glass.
  • If you are in the kitchen, quickly turn off the stove and take cover at the first sign of shaking.
  • Use the triangle of life method as an alternative to drop, cover, and hold on. If you can't find a desk or a table to duck under, you have options. Although this method is disputed by many of the world's leading earthquake safety officials, it could save your life in the event that a building you're in collapses.

Some Pictures of the mock drill that took place within classrooms are shared below:

3rd May 2016

    What to Do Before an Earthquake
  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and extra batteries at home.
  • Learn first aid.
  • Learn how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity.
  • Make up a plan of where to meet your family after an earthquake.
  • Don't leave heavy objects on shelves (they'll fall during a quake).
  • Anchor heavy furniture, cupboards, and appliances to the walls or floor.
  • Learn the earthquake plan at your school or workplace.
    What to Do During an Earthquake
  • Stay calm! If you're indoors, stay inside. If you're outside, stay outside.
  • If you're indoors, stand against a wall near the center of the building, stand in a doorway, or crawl under heavy furniture (a desk or table). Stay away from windows and outside doors.
  • If you're outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall. Stay away from buildings (stuff might fall off the building or the building could fall on you).
  • Don't use matches, candles, or any flame. Broken gas lines and fire don't mix.
  • If you're in a car, stop the car and stay inside the car until the earthquake stops.
  • Don't use elevators (they'll probably get stuck anyway).
    What to Do After an Earthquake
  • Check yourself and others for injuries. Provide first aid for anyone who needs it.
  • Check water, gas, and electric lines for damage. If any are damaged, shut off the valves. Check for the smell of gas. If you smell it, open all the windows and doors, leave immediately, and report it to the authorities (use someone else's phone).
  • Turn on the radio. Don't use the phone unless it's an emergency.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings.
  • Be careful around broken glass and debris. Wear boots or sturdy shoes to keep from cutting your feet.
  • Be careful of chimneys (they may fall on you).
  • Stay away from beaches. Tsunamis and seiches sometimes hit after the ground has stopped shaking.
  • Stay away from damaged areas.
  • If you're at school or work, follow the emergency plan or the instructions of the person in charge.
  • Expect aftershocks.

25th April 2016

A Mock Drill was organized by the senior school Disaster Management committee of Delhi Public School Mathura Road.

Each committee member had ensured that all the classes had full information about the exit plans and everybody evacuates the building according to the exit plan prepared beforehand.

All the exit points in the school were clearly marked, instructions were pasted on each floor, and Do’s And Don’ts List to be taken care off during the time of emergency such as fire or earthquake etc. was given to all the class teachers in all the classes.

All the teachers were told to brief the students about the same in the class.

At 9:50 the fire Alarm was heard and within 4minutes the whole school building was evacuated carefully according to the exit plan followed by each and every student to reach the school playground (an open area) along with their respective teachers and other staff members.