Effective disaster readiness and risk reduction in schools
WHAT does it take to make sure that the efforts in disaster readiness and risk reduction in schools become effective?
For me, effective disaster readiness and risk reduction goes beyond executing the things needed i n earthquake drills or first aid training and other training that have the similar intent of lessening the blow that disasters give.
Although it is true that we need to spend more time on learning how to execute the moves or steps in disaster readiness and risk reduction, there are also other things to consider.
We need to l earn about the information on areas that are prone to landslides, earthquakes, and flooding in the locality in order for the students to avoid these places or to leave these places when storm warnings are initially given.
We can get information on areas that are prone to natural disasters from the local disaster risk reduction and management office, through the news, and the geohazard map from the website of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and
We cannot approach disaster readiness and risk reduction on a generic perspective because each place has its unique geography and set of vulnerabilities.
Mentioning about a general perspective, disaster risk readiness and reduction should not be limited to the context within the classroom as natural or man-made disasters such as fires [if caused by a person(s)] can happen at any place and at any time.
As for the details of each kind of disaster, we are fortunate enough to
have quick access to this information through the lessons in Science class that we teach to the students.
The things about areas that are prone to disaster, signs that a particular disaster would happen, the health risks that come with the disaster, and other kinds of knowledge are further discussed in the disaster readiness land risk reduction subject.
Also, the terms used in weather and disaster readiness and risk reduction would be easier to understand if it were translated to Filipino and/or the local dialect or language.
School is usually the first place where the student learns about a particular kind of information which is why we need to teach the students the right tips and the right information about anything, including the vital survival skill of disaster readiness and risk reduction.
Effective disaster readiness and risk reduction requires knowledge on executing the perfect action in the right situation and getting accurate information about all the things related to disaster readiness and risk reduction. ( Paid article)