Preparing Children for Emergencies
More than 60 children and 30 teachers were trained on School Safety during the week-long Guwahati Emergency Management Exercise (GEMEX) held in Assam from 29 October to 4 November
The students, from Classes VII to XII from both private and government schools such as KV Maligaon, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Royal Global School, Cotton College, Don Bosco and Noonmati High School, among others, acquired essential skills to help reduce risks to their lives during emergencies.
At the simulation children had the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they had learned through the training received as part of the School Safety Track.
A mass casualty accident was simulated at Assam Engineering institute Field in Guwahati with over 200 injured victims, including children.
Children made-up to look as victims. In picture- Make up on a school boy hit by earthquake.
The city’s response agencies were alerted and police and fire services responded immediately.
The National Disaster Response Force and the Emergency Medical Services also got into the scene and helped the wounded.
A triage area was set up at the site of the “disaster” and all the injured were triaged, applying the skills learnt during the training session. Triage is the process of determining the priority of patients' treatments based on the severity of their condition
Every single victim triaged was monitored by local evaluators trained at GEMEX and transported by ambulances to different hospitals to receive treatment.
At each hospital, the emergency plan was set into motion. Doctors, nurses, stretchers, pharmacies, and equipment were mobilized to accommodate the addition flow and make sure children received the required treatment.
Doctors trained at GEMEX 2012 ran the casualty wards applying their trauma care skills to children’s care.
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