TEZU, Sep 13: A day-long awareness programme on disaster management was held at Govt Higher Secondary School, Hayuliang in Anjaw district on Sept 7 last with the Department of Disaster Management conducting awareness rally, mock drill, drawing competition, etc with the active participation of school students and teachers.
Addressing the gathering, Hayuliang ADC R K Borthakur said that the onset of flood, landslide, cyclone etc can be predicted but earthquake is unpredictable. So, he told the gathering to take full advantage of the mock drill on earthquake and to share the knowledge they gained with their family members when they go to their respective homes.
Before flagging off the disaster awareness rally from GHHS Hayuliang to the Bazaar area, the chief guest distributed prizes to the winners of the drawing competition, organized on the previous day on the topic ‘Natural Disasters in Anjaw District’.
After the rally, DDMO S Tayang explained the need for preparation of school disaster management plan (SDMP) and formation of school disaster management committees and teams. Before conducting the mock drill, the DDMO highlighted the importance of pre-drill briefings and activities like mapping exercises, drill scenario, plan, coordination, purpose of the drill, etc.
In the full scale mock drill, the table top exercise i.e., Drop, Cover and Hold exercise, safe evacuation, search and rescue, use of fire extinguishers, do’s and don’ts in the event of disasters like earthquake, fire etc were covered.
Speaking on the occasion, resource person Gammar Bam, JE (Electrical) talked about the electrical hazards, dos and don’ts while dealing with electrical parts and appliances.
As part of the programme a movie on earthquake was also shown in the evening.
Various pamphlets, safety tips, CDs on disasters specific to the district were distributed to the students and public. The programme was also attended by Dr S Barman, Medical Officer in-charge of CHC, Hawai. (DIPRO)



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