Disaster preparedness is the measures taken to prepare for and reduce the effects of disasters. It is to predict and where possible prevent disaster and mitigate their impact on the people. Hurricanes are destructive natural disasters, but they provide the greatest amount of warning before striking. Our school’s Emergency Operations Plan is well organised and this is a guide into the way IAU community members will handle disaster. Incident Command System (ICS) is used to manage all emergencies that occur in and outside the school.
In an Emergency, the Executive Dean is the Incident Commander who directs all operations and will notify the necessary personnel to respond to their areas of assignment and method of communication will be via telephone, runners or mass e-mailing.
- Incident Commander initiates and determines evacuation procedures
- Know the safe areas at the school and home. Safe area are usually large room and hallways away from windows.
- Get disaster supplies: adequate food at least enough for 3 to 7 days, adequate water, first aid kitt, flashlights, batteries, cash
- Remove objects that might become projectiles
- Remain in safe area until warning expires or Incident Commander gives an all- clear signal