Earthquake Drill scenario in “INTEGJ” preschool institution

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Save the Children Kosova/o in behalf of its project “Promoting Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in preschool and primary school settings in Kosovo” in partnership with Red Cross of Kosova and Kosovo Emergency Management Agency implemented for the first time in Kosovo a School Drill in apreschool institution simulating the Earthquake scenario. The 3 year project is supported by SC Italy.

 Today we have written a new chapter in Kosovo’s History of Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness (Quote from a Firefighter Officer, participant in School Drill)

“Can I have your attention please, this is an Earthquake. ... The pre-kindergarten students were quiet in their room, enjoying the new “GAME” as teachers suggested them: DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. COVER your head and neck with one arm and handand HOLD ON until shaking stops.

 

 

School Disaster Management Comity (DMC) gave the order to sound the evacuation alarm and children of the preschool institution “INTEGJ” practiced safe evacuation of their buildings under the supervision of teachers and with the professional guidance of Emergency Management Agency and Red Cross of Kosova.

 

Safe evacuation of children under the supervision of teachers

The school DMC after receiving the report for evacuated, heavily wounded and trapped children and staff called Municipal Emergency Response Office to assist in this scenario where responders had the chance to test their capacities to respond in disasters: Police where first to respond by establishing a security perimeter whiletrapped, and heavily wounded children were rescued by firefighters who submitted them to Emergency Medical Responders for emergency health care interventions. Red Cross volunteers provided psychological support to children while trained educators provided first aid to children with minor wounds and fractures. 

Children were rescued by firefighters Police where first to respond by establishing a security perimeter while trapped

 The Preschool Institution drill proved to be a perfect opportunity for advocacy, with wider public that raised their awareness by observing the Drill out a security perimeter.  These drills will become routine.