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Get children involved and EDUCATED in drills!

So what's the point of talking about education, drills, planning in schools etc if the students don't know what is expected of them. In most drills that I have see students are relatively passive participants. I have also been running training as part of INSET to teachers and leaders at my school which included table top exercises. I had teachers take on different roles for a variety of likely situations: Lockdown, Bomb Threat and a road traffic accident outside of school. As there is a high… Continue

Added by Justin Sharpe on September 28, 2009 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Disaster management - awareness and preparedness in schools.

Teachers training programme

-Training on fire safety

Development of coloring book for the primary section

Preparation of School DM plans

-Schools to prepare DM plans based on the hazard that they are vulnerable to.

Steps for preparation of DM Plans

• Sensitisation meeting for awareness of Teachers, School Management and students.

• Formation of School Disaster Management Committee



Social Mapping - Schools

- Class rooms in the school… Continue

Added by Himadri Maitra on August 18, 2009 at 16:40 — 1 Comment

"Safer Schools and Safer Children"

Dear Friends,



Give school children a chance to prepare for disasters and educate them. A country like India has millions of school children in rural and urban poor pockets who are vulnerable to disasters and impacts of climate change. They form the base of the pyramid of preparedness process, yet, there is little access of information, knowledge, thus capacity building. They do not have resources to make use of most valuable tools prepared by experts and practitioners of developed… Continue

Added by Colonel N M Verma on July 21, 2009 at 14:40 — No Comments

Disaster risk, development and the environment

Disasters are not random and do not occur by accident. They are the convergence of hazards and vulnerable conditions. Disasters not only reveal underlying social, economic, political and environmental problems, but unfortunately contribute to worsening them. Such events pose serious challenges to development, as they erode hard-earned gains in terms of political, social and educational progress, as well as infrastructure and technological development. The Millennium Declaration recognizes the… Continue

Added by Himadri Maitra on June 6, 2009 at 15:44 — 2 Comments

Return of the IDPs (to the Places of their Orogin) living in Tent Villages after October 8th 2005 Earthquake in Hazara and AJK- IDP Children's Views on the Return

When government of Pakistan declared that all the camps will be closed by 31st of march and all the IDPs have to return back to their places of origin, All the IDPs including children showed mixed reactions. Our child protection monitors who as part of UNHCR and UNICEF monitoring team were collecting the information about EVIs tried to convince the IDPs to return to their villages if they do not belong to the category of people who find it impossible to go back to their villages due to… Continue

Added by Tania on May 24, 2009 at 17:05 — No Comments

Dirty Bertie has revolting habits...



Great new resource from the NHS (National Health Service) aimed at getting younger children to wash their hands, these can be used as posters or as stories to share with the class! Good to see this here in the UK! BUT...Do you know of anything similar? If so upload it to this blog post...I would love to see examples from your country!



The pdf file of this poster/comic can be… Continue

Added by Justin Sharpe on May 24, 2009 at 8:31 — No Comments

Coughs and Sneezes spread diseases

Worried about the potential for a pandemic flu outbreak and its possible effect on education, I have put together a short (five slide) PowerPoint presentation for anyone working with children and young people, which gives practical advice while using the short 1948 film, 'Coughs and Sneezes spread diseases'. This is a light hearted educational film which makes good points while still being entertaining even now. The advice in the PowerPoint is clearly… Continue

Added by Justin Sharpe on April 27, 2009 at 20:30 — No Comments

You can lead a horse to water....

I am currently writing a paper for a disaster prevention in education conference in Taiwan and so have been researching about new curriculum in general, alongside curriculum materials. What is becoming clear is that although there is an ever growing proliferation of educational materials, made to address different facets of a range of hazards and responses, this will not lead to education that helps people make changes to their lifestyles to become better prepared. This is for several… Continue

Added by Justin Sharpe on March 25, 2009 at 10:59 — 1 Comment

Interesting Resources

Here are some resources that you might find interesting:

Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School, United Nations International Strategy for

Disaster Reduction, http://www.unisdr.org/



Child-led Disaster Risk Reduction: A Practical Guide, Save the Children, Sweden/Redda Barnan, http://www.rb.se - or you can download it for free. Google the title.



The Role of Schools in Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disaster, a paper I wrote for the… Continue

Added by Beryl Cheal on February 15, 2009 at 19:29 — No Comments

This clip of flooding should be shown as a "Do's & Don'ts" for floods in UK

I saw his on the BBC news site this morning...Can you spot where people have concreted EVERYWHERE and then try to drive through the floods only to get stranded....Education also needs to reach adults!



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7781388.stm



Have the Pitt Review people seen this by the way? This is a REALLY useful way of showing how flooding can be exacerbated by making the wrong decisions, from concreting your… Continue

Added by Justin Sharpe on December 14, 2008 at 13:55 — No Comments

FEMA Launches Children-In-Disasters Initiative With IAEM, Save The Children but misses the point

An initiative to beintroduced by FEMA and Save the children to reduce their vulnerabilities in the event of a disaster has been launched, but fails to really hit the mark in my opinion. An extract published below from the press statement sounds rather grand, but is disappointing as it does not recognise the capacities of children in any way:



WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is teaming up with the…
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Added by Justin Sharpe on November 18, 2008 at 11:30 — 3 Comments

The Shake Out Research Team Blog

To all on the shake out research team! This is where we can all add to the blog while we are here in Los Angeles for the shakeout. Below is some of my impressions of what we have seen and done so far!



On monday we took part in certificated training for a multi hazards approach to school emergencies. I found this a VERY useful experience, especially the table top exercise, but would like to have seen more school teachers at the event. I also believe that for any exercise and… Continue

Added by Justin Sharpe on November 12, 2008 at 17:51 — 1 Comment

Effective Education for DRR - It's NOT Rocket Science...

This short video below (click on the link to download) shows what can be done by teachers to initiate effective education for DRR in schools and the communities around them. These are VERY young children and yet thay are learning how to respond, where the hazards are in their area, how to avoid them and where the safe places are to evacuate to. They make their OWN hazard maps and share these with their pers and with adults. They are NOT scared or scarred by this experience, but they do LEARN… Continue

Added by Justin Sharpe on September 1, 2008 at 23:30 — No Comments

Chinese Teacher in Trouble over Earthquake Photos

Here's a new article from the New York Times today:



July 31, 2008

Sichuan School Worker Punished for Quake Photos, Rights Group Says

By JAKE HOOKER



BEIJING — A school employee in Sichuan Province was ordered to a labor camp for a year for taking photographs of schools that collapsed in the powerful May 12 earthquake and posting them on the Internet, a human rights group reported Wednesday.



The worker, Liu Shaokun, 54, was detained at Guanghan Middle… Continue

Added by Rebekah Green on July 30, 2008 at 21:23 — 1 Comment

Second Life as a tool for learning about natural hazards and how to respond to them

I have been playing around in Second Life and examining its application for educational use. There's quite a community in there and it is possible to set up one for an organization or educational establishment. I wanted to set up a UNISDR island starting with educational stuff, links to podcasts etc. I believe this to be a great opportunity to reach a lot of people in an unconventioanl way. I know the US EPA have a… Continue

Added by Justin Sharpe on July 6, 2008 at 23:10 — No Comments

Translation of edu4hazards.org site - more help wanted!

I sent this out on the EN-DRR listserve in order to try and get more people involved with he translation of the edu4hazards.org site. If you can help with translation or know someone who can help please let me know! The text for the site in English is here Edu4hazards_text.doc



Over a year ago I designed and built a website aimed at enabling

children and youth to know what appropriate… Continue

Added by Justin Sharpe on July 6, 2008 at 22:53 — No Comments

Edu4hazards.org site with new teachers resources

Edu4hazards.org is a site that helps children understand what to do to protect themselves when faced with hazards such as flooding, earthquakes, tornadoes, lightning strike and more. The really important stuff about what to do is clearly set out with easy to understand instructions, while further information is included in a sub-menu for those who want to fund out more! You can visit the site at:… Continue

Added by Justin Sharpe on June 11, 2008 at 23:03 — No Comments

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Full Collection on Children and Disasters Now Available

Posted by Justin Sharpe on September 6, 2019 at 13:44 0 Comments

This collection, made possible with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, focuses on…

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The story of Silly Timmy Disaster Comic - What happened next?

Posted by Justin Sharpe on August 17, 2019 at 13:57 0 Comments



An initial comic strip was developed that could be used either in newspapers or via the Internet to help younger children access DRR messages. 52 episodes of the comic strip were completed and initially distributed on the edu4drr.org…

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Tackling Systemic climate risks - Some possible approaches

Posted by Justin Sharpe on July 22, 2019 at 8:30 0 Comments

This blog post outlines some of the issues of systemic climate risk, possible approaches to dealing with it that aren't necessarily being utilised (around learning that is meaningful and actionable) and is driven from my knowledge and…

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Silly Timmy Disaster Comic in Russian - Неразумный Тимофей!

Posted by Justin Sharpe on February 26, 2018 at 19:30 0 Comments

The original versions of these are almost four years old now, but after some being translated into major European languages that are spoken globally I wanted to be inclusive of other languages. This relies on meeting the right people and for this…

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