Earthquake Drill and Safety Preparedness Plans in Schools

Through its post-earthquake relief project, Nawa Marga- Relief through Education,Rato Bangala Foundation worked in schools in Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Dhading. In the course of this project, RBF staff realized that most of the schools did not conduct regular earthquake drills nor did they have many standard disaster management procedures or systems in place. Keeping this in mind, a pilot project was designed in which it would work with 20 schools to support them in preparing for future earthquakes. The three areas that the pilot project intervened in are as follows: Improving the skills, knowledge, behaviors and attitudes of the teachers towards earthquakes; Improving the institutional resources of the schools for earthquake preparedness ;and improving the way teachers teach earthquake related topics in the curriculum .