Tuesday, 2 October 2012

2012 Term 3 Week 11 - Emergency Preparation

On Wednesday 26 September at 9.26 over 1.3 million people around NZ took part in the New Zealand Shake Out. We were one of the school that took part and practiced "Drop, Cover, Hold", the right action to take in an earthquake.

Our students recorded their responses so that they could observe and evaluate their actions and will use post discussion sheets to ensure that they are as prepared as possible in an emergency.

As a school we looked on this opportunity to re-assess our emergency procedures to fine tune them to meet our needs. Despite being a new school with very recently written procedures, we are constantly reviewing these in line with changing legislation, our evolving setting and practices. It is important that our staff and students are fully aware of what to do in an emergency and we have ongoing practices for fire, earthquake, intruder and bomb alerts as part of our Health and Safety reviews.

Next term we are working with the New Zealand Fire Service to implement the Get Firewise programme in school. This programme aims to educate students about safe practices at home and encourages families to have an escape plan in place.

One of the best ways to plan for an emergency is to ensure that the emergency learning taking place in schools is linked to homes and we look forward to liaising with our families as we review our learning later in the year.

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