The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has finalised a school safety initiative that will be launched to ensure the safety of children at educational institutions across the island, particularly during an earthquake.
In his comments yesterday at an Earthquake Awareness open day, held at the head offices of ODPEM in Kingston, acting director general of the agency, Richard Thompson, said a need exists to have such a programme at the nation's schools, to both prepare children for emergency situations, and to ensure their immediate safety.
"We have thousands of children in schools every day, and we want to ensure that the schools are safe for them; so, we have a safe school programme, working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education," he outlined.
Thompson said that the purpose of exposing children to issues relating to earthquakes (at the open day), was about building their knowledge base, where they could see careers in agencies that were dealing with emergencies.
Published By: The Jamaica Gleaner