Disaster relief: Let the first lesson begin from schools
Kerala has been devastated by the floods. The state has not gone through a similar ordeal in the recent past. So, the role of relief activities is important. We cannot completely get rid of calamities and disasters. But we can simplify their consequences through proper planning and preparations.
The first place to begin with the planning is schools and colleges. Children should be trained from school level to confront emergency situations. It is high time we started including practical courses to handle crisis situations in the school syllabi.
- Make an awareness in students about the normally occurring and possible disasters and mishaps in our places.
- Give training in self-defence and rescue activities by understanding the risks in critical situations.
- Provide training in giving awareness and managing emergency and safe rescue activities and relief centres.
- Arrange for mock drills every three months to reduce the tensions during real life threats.
- Train the students in emergency communication, first aid, safety measures and rescue operation during disasters.
- Study classes and mock drills can be organised in campuses at regular intervals cooperating with disaster response force, police and other government systems.
- Form safety volunteer groups in every panchayats and wards. Volunteer training can be given by integrating clubs, youth organisations, schools and colleges in local level.
The most effective and practical solution to help the disaster-hit areas is the youngsters in the surroundings who are trained in rescue operations. This will hasten the disaster relief and rescue missions. When this method is implemented gradually, a safety culture will be automatically developed in all households.