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Disaster management teams for schools

By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, JAN. 19. The schools in the city will soon have disaster management teams headed by specially trained teachers to tackle the situation in case of natural disasters.

The scheme has been chalked out with the aim of reducing the vulnerability of public institutions such as schools and hospitals from natural disasters such as earthquakes. It is being conducted as part of the School Awareness and Safety Programme.

As a first step towards this, the district administration will conduct a one-day workshop on `Urban Earthquake Vulnerability Reduction,' for teachers from 50 select schools at the Santa Cruz Basilica Auditorium in Fort Kochi on Thursday.

The District Collector, A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish, will inaugurate the workshop at 9.30 a.m. on Thursday. The Additional District Magistrate, Johnson K. George; the Deputy Director of Education, K. Kuttappan; and P.V. Jose, senior superintendent, RDO Office, Fort Kochi, will also participate.

One teacher from each selected school will attend the training programme. The trained teachers will take the initiative to form the teams in their schools.

Awareness campaign

The training programme is expected to serve as an awareness campaign in the backdrop of the recent tsunami attack on the coastal areas. It will also help to take disaster management measures for Kochi to schools and homes.

Various subjects, including disaster management initiatives in India and Urban Earthquake Vulnerability Reduction Project, school awareness and safety programme, disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides, climate-related hazards like flood, cyclones and drought, lightning, electricity-related and chemical hazards and fire hazards will be presented at the workshop.

A film on earthquake, `Surviving Nature's Fury,' made by the Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), will also be screened at the workshop.

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