GUWAHATI, Aug 16 - An evacuation drill will be carried out simultaneously in 3,300 schools across the State at 11 am on Saturday.
The drill – christened ‘the Great Assam School Shake-out programme’ – will be conducted by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) in collaboration with the State Education Department, Fire & Emergency Services, NDRF and Civil Defence.
The programme will be conducted in 100 schools in each of the 33 districts of Assam, involving the district disaster management authorities, NDRF, Fire & Emergency Services, SDRF, Civil Defence, Inspector of Schools & District Elementary Education Office, Block School Safety Advisory Committees, cluster resource centre coordinator, teachers, volunteers and students.
“The programme will begin at 11 am with an evacuation drill by students in case of fire or earthquake emergencies. Altogether, 3,300 schools will conduct this event in a single day at the same time. This will give a boost to the initiatives taken for safer school environment,” an ASDMA official said.
The programme is being organised to commemorate the 1950 Great Assam Earthquake, which remains in the history of Assam as a high intensity earthquake that caused massive loss of life and property.
The drill will be followed by an exhibition of equipment and emergency preparedness measures, to be jointly organised by DDMA, F&ES, SDRF and NDRF to educate the students on safety messages during earthquakes.
Ahead of the day of the final drill, the district authorities organised coordination meetings, educational block-level coordination meetings with school headmasters, formation of school safety teams, identification and assignment of volunteers in schools, mock drills, etc.