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Children taught how to respond to quake

Pupils learn how to treat injured, evacuate people and check the area

Children taught how to respond to quake
Some of the children with their 'injuries'
Windy Subanto, Padang

May 19, 2011

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Forty children from two Catholic schools in Padang, West Sumatra, recently took part in earthquake simulation programs to show them how to save lives if disaster strikes the quake-prone town.

During the May 14 and 16 programs, fourth and fifth graders of St. Andreas and St. Francis elementary schools learned how to evacuate victims with broken legs and arms, to dress a wound, and to serve traumatic victims by offering drinks.

They were also taught how to analyze the disaster and its risks in the first such program organized by Catholic schools in the town.

For Redha Guna Putra, the programs were a new experience. “Helping victims needs courage and skills,” he said, adding that it is those close to the disaster site that have to help victims.

He said skills he got from the programs can also be used to help his friends if they get injured at school.

Rosalia Mujirahayu, who heads the schools, explained that the programs aimed to make both teachers and students aware that such a disaster may come at any time.

“Living in a disaster-prone area is worrying indeed. Moreover, our schools are located in the red zone area only about 400 meters from the coastline,” she said.

She said similar programs will be organized again to include parents and other local people.

Padang has experienced earthquakes before. Strong quakes struck in March 2007 and September 2009, killing hundreds of people.

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