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EARTHQUAKE DRILL

As a School/Educational Institution operating in the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT), the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) encourages you to perform a drillat your facility.

You shall trigger a drill by engaging your Alert System or any other warning mechanism in place to alert students, teachers and/or visitors.This should inform your School/Educational Institution populationthat a major earthquake has struck the island - Trinidad and Tobago.

WHAT DRILL CAN YOU CONDUCT?

You can conduct any ONE of the following:

  1. Practice what you can do when the earthquake is happening:-

    The school/building will be shaking intensely and items loosely stored will fall. You will not be able to stand properly.

    • You will have to evacuate your school/building if it is not fit to stay in.
       
  2. Practice orderly evacuation of your school/building.
    • You may have astudent/teacher/visitor trapped under a desk – what will you do, if he/she is bleeding?
    • If any student/teacher/visitor has suffered an injury to the hand and if he/she is bleeding, what can you do?
    • If a student/teacher/visitor has suffered burns to the face due to an explosion in the building due to a gas tank falling down, what will you do?

      Practice basic first aid.
       
  3. When you leave the school/building–Did you, your students and visitors know your nearest escape route? Were the students assigned buddies? Where will you go? Is there a designated Muster Point?  Did you take the elevator or staircase? Did you take your handbag and laptop?

    Practice what you will do when you evacuate theschool/building.
     
  4. How long is the walk to your Muster Point? Is your Muster Point safe? Was a roll call done? What list was used to determine all occupants who were in the building?

    Practice what you will do when you go out to the Muster Point.

What to do after you finished your drill?

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