A practical application of a children’s disaster prevention education program in the Philippines

M. Yasuda, C. J. Yi, R. Nouchi, A. Suppasri, F. Imamura

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Abstract

During large-scale natural disasters, vulnerable groups, such as children and senior citizens, frequently constitute a high percentage of the deaths and/or injuries that occur. To survive these disasters and recover adequately, it is imperative that organizations train for and develop disaster prevention initiatives. The International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) of Tohoku University deployed a disaster education team to enhance local community resilience and reduce the impact of disasters among elementary students in the Philippines after the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan. This educational program consisted of several workshops for children in the higher grade levels of elementary school due to their strong backgrounds and interest in science. We conducted disaster education workshops at four elementary schools in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Approximately 200 students participated in these disaster education workshops and practical drills. After the lectures, positive attitudes about disaster education at the three schools increased. Because large-scale disasters can be accompanied by potentially diminished government assistance, this educational program seeks to improve disaster-related self-resiliency through the development of survival capabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInfrastructure Risk Assessment and Management
EditorsG. Schleyer, C.A. Brebbia
PublisherWITPress
Pages145-153
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781784660932
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event10th International Conference on Computer Simulation in Risk Analysis and Hazard Mitigation, RISK 2016 and the 14th International Conference on Structures under Shock and Impact, SUSI 2016 - Crete, Greece
Duration: 2016 May 252016 May 27

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on the Built Environment
Volume160
ISSN (Print)1743-3509
ISSN (Electronic)1746-4498

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Computer Simulation in Risk Analysis and Hazard Mitigation, RISK 2016 and the 14th International Conference on Structures under Shock and Impact, SUSI 2016
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityCrete
Period16/5/2516/5/27

Keywords

  • Decision making
  • Disaster adaptation
  • Evacuation risk communication
  • Practical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety Research
  • Transportation
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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