The National Disaster Management Office today conducted a live Tsunami drill for four schools from Vatuwaqa to mark the Tsunami Awareness Day and promote Tsunami Awareness at the Nabua Technical College.
1511 students from the Fiji School for the Blind, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School, Saint Marcellin Primary School, and Marist Champagnat Institute took part in the drill.
NDMO Tsunami Drill Coordinating Officer Ben Kuboutawa says the initial response from the students was very good as they were given a time frame of 1 hour 30 minutes to reach safety zone but they managed to do that in just over 30 minutes.
He says these drills will help them have a better understanding and what they are lacking in terms of preparing for natural disasters and will work with schools on how more improvements can be made.
Marist Champagnat Institute Principal Naisa Toko says his students were well aware of the procedures that have to be taken during the state of emergencies as they have these drills in their schools at least three times a term.
He says the students took less than three minutes to assemble.
Meanwhile, Marist Champagnat Institute Year Two vocational student, Lagilagi Lockington says having these drills on a regular basis in school has helped them to better understand the threats of these disasters and what needs to be done.
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