Competition for the international day for disaster reduction: Preparing 'school safety plans'

Meeting or Conference
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA); National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM)
25 Aug - 25 Sep 2012
India (New Delhi)
National Institute of Disaster Management, IIPA Campus, IP Estate, Ring Road, New Delhi-110002
10 Oct 2012
India (New Delhi)
National Institute of Disaster Management, IIPA Campus, IP Estate, Ring Road, New Delhi-110002

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Disaster Reduction is being observed to raise awareness about disaster risk reduction. It also encourages people and governments to participate in building more resilient communities and nations. NDMA and NIDM will be observing the day jointly for disaster reduction on 10th October 2012. This day offers an opportunity to focus national attention on this important issue and to create awareness about disasters and their management.

Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005–2015, under its one of the priority area named 'Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters' is trying to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels. For making a community resilient to disaster HFA recognizes vital role for schools. Damage to educational institutions disrupts the education system and eventually the development of any country. Among all, the children in schools are the most vulnerable groups to disasters. Exposure to various hazards, inadequacies in the structure and lack of preparedness measures can have disastrous consequence in the event of a disaster. It is believed that during the 2001 Gujarat earthquake, 971 students and 31 teachers had died and 1884 school buildings collapsed. Similar other events like the Kumbakonam fire tragedy and disaster in Dabwali (Haryana) etc. make it imperative to integrate both non-structural and structural interventions to reduce vulnerability. The non – structural measures include communicating the risk, creating awareness, building capacities in preparedness and mitigation and developing school preparedness plan.

To reduce vulnerability of schools to disasters, it is important to develop a School Safety Plan, incorporating both structural and non-structural measures and implement it properly. An ideal school-based safety plan needs to identify a nodal person in-charge, search and rescue team, assembly area, first aid, reunion gate for students and fire suppression team etc. It is also important that this plan addresses safe evacuation routes. The responsibility of the school is not confined to the school boundaries, but it is until the child reaches home-SAFELY. Therefore, the transport and school surrounding issues also become of paramount importance.

To observe the international day for disaster reduction, NIDM invites proposals from schools to develop their own 'School Safety Plans,' with an objective to create awareness among students, teachers and other stakeholders about school safety.

The plan may be prepared by the schools involving a group of students, who will hold meetings with all stakeholders to prepare the plan. Schools can submit their School Safety Plans to NIDM. Out of the received plans, 20 selected plans across the country will be awarded Rs. 25,000 to each as prize along with certificates.

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How to register

Schools may send top 3 selected plans to NIDM for consideration by the award committee before due date, duly signed by Principal/ Head of the school along with giving full address/ name of the contact person, phone number, e-mail etc.

School Safety Plans in hard copies not exceeding 10 pages and including all illustrations etc. should be sent to the address given below before 25th September, 2012.

Dr. K.J. Anandha Kumar Programme Coordinator National Institute of Disaster Management IIPA Campus, IP Estate, Ring Road New Delhi-110002 Phone: 011-23702432/23705583; Fax: 23702446 website:

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