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School Disaster Risk Reduction Sensitization

posted Oct 23, 2012, 8:19 PM by Namgay Wangchuk   [ updated Oct 23, 2012, 8:22 PM ]


Sensitization on Disaster Risk Reduction –October, 13, 2012

The students and school staff participated in the sensitization programme on Disaster Risk Reduction that was held on October, 13, 2012 (Saturday). The Two Hours Thirty minutes programme initially began with the resource person highlighting on the need of conducting the programme, aims and objectives, and outlining the day’s programme.

As outlined in the introduction, the presentation and discussion began with the explanation on terms and concepts that are commonly used in DRR. The participants were introduced to nineteen terms and concepts that are used in the DRR-DM.

 This was followed by presentation on the overview of Disaster Management in Bhutan- where the presenter informed of the need of such organization, it’s the roles and responsibilities and the mandates of DRR in the country. When talking on DM in Bhutan, underlying vulnerabilities and challenges were also comprehensively discussed.

Highlighting on Fire Safety and Prevention, it was stressed that fire hazards has become one of the most common sights in the country that has endangered the life and property in recent times. The participants were informed of the need to handle and manage fire cautiously so that fire disaster is minimized and prevented. Fire safety measures were addressed with the display of some of the commonly used apparatus to extinguish fire in case of occurrence.

When talking on Non Structural Mitigation, the participants were introduced to the safety measure that needs to be taken in School Buildings, the importance of non -structural mitigation and basic non- structural mitigation measures.  The consequences of non-structural hazards and steps of mitigation were also discussed thoroughly. 

After two and half hours of presentation and discussion, the programme concluded with question answer session.

The programme was initially planned much earlier than it was conducted, but couldn’t be materialized because of busy school schedule. Despite limited timeframe, the programme ran successfully and the objective of such initiative was positively received by the participants.   This first step towards DRR sensitization programme has sensitized hundreds of participants and it was aimed to take awareness further in to the rural community through these lots of participants.

The programme was made successful with the guidance and support from the school administration and easy and readily accessible resource materials provided by the DDM, Bhutan. The eager and active participants also played a major role in effective conduct of the sensitization programme.   Similar programme is also planned with a bigger aim to reach to a larger community and greater interest of the general community. (by: Karma Sangay)