“Preparedness is the calm before, during and after the storm.” Mock fire drill and evacuation drills are conducted in the school to create awareness and preparedness during calamities. The students are trained to be alert, quick and responsible, follow instructions, maintain calm and avoid panic to avert stampede and casualties. These drills help in building courage and confidence amongst students and develop leadership skills. To help children understand about disaster management and evacuation process, child friendly videos were shown 2-3 days in advance. After making them aware, a mock fire and evacuation drill was conducted at Salwan Montessori School on Thursday, 7th July,2022 at 10:30 am. All the staff members were positioned at pre decided vantage points to guide and assist the students as soon as the fire alarm went off. The students quickly moved out and the school building was evacuated in 4 minutes. Students had assembled at the designated area and Head count was done by the class teachers to ensure the presence of everyone. Special training has been imparted to the staff members to handle the fire extinguisher. The drills focused on activation of the full response system, incorporated decision making and life safety aspects.
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