State level training on school disaster management plan held

ITANAGAR, Oct 30: A state level training of trainers on preparation of School Disaster Management Plan (SDMP) was conducted here on Tuesday and Wednesday by the Department of Disaster Management.
This was to ensure that all the schools prepare an SDMP, and to hold mock drills based on the SDMP to minimise response time in case of any eventuality and for children and teachers to know their roles and responsibilities, especially during fires and earthquakes.
By 2020-21, the aim is to have disaster management (DM) plans in all the schools across the state, creating a safe environment for children in schools and having a disaster resilient community as a whole.
Addressing the gathering, Disaster Management Secretary Dani Salu stressed on creating safe environment for children in schools from natural as well as man-made disasters.
Education Additional Secretary Repo Ronya also affirmed the importance of the training programme and instructed all participants to be attentive and acquire all the knowledge that was to be given during the training.
Resource person and Education Deputy Director T Talom spoke on the National School Safety Policy and its implementation and monitoring in Arunachal Pradesh. Resource persons from Assam State Disaster Management Authority Mukta Ram Deka and Kripal Jyoti Majumdar gave presentations on hazards, vulnerability, structural and non- structural aspects of SDMP.
A field visit to a school was also made and a practical session with presentation from the participants was conducted.
Inspector Sonowal of the 12th Bn NDRF spoke on formation of task force and importance of fire safety rules in schools.
The training programme concluded on Wednesday with a valedictory function in which Industry, Trade & Commerce Secretary NT Glow distributed certificates to all the 88 participants from the districts consisting of DDSE, BEO, DRCC, lecturers, teachers, representatives from SCERT and DIET and other officers from the Education department and in-charge DDMO, DDMO, SDMO and FO from the Disaster Management Department and representatives from private schools within the Capital Complex.