School’s Evacuation Plan

If you notice, there are these papers pasted in the hallways and stairs; yes, I am talking about the one with arrows and boxes. That’s the school’s evacuation plan. The instructions we will follow in case of emergencies like fire, earthquake, etc. That is the plan that everybody has to know. The question now is, does everybody know? Let’s make it smaller, does the majority know about this?

I conducted a survey regarding this topic, looks like most of the students are aware that we have an evacuation plan.  However, when I gave them an example scenario, they quite do not know what to do. Then I finally realized the difference between knowing and being aware.

Yes, we all see the posters and fire extinguishers but students say they are not properly discussed or oriented about it. What are we supposed to do with those things? They know a bit, but “a bit” cannot save your life in urgent situations. They kept saying that there are cases for fire extinguishers but the actual thing is not there. There are emergency buttons to push but are they working? There are diagrams posted all over the campus that is not practiced, not even once a quarter. Bottom line, they are saying: “We notice the efforts but what are we supposed to do with it?” Well, you know ‘children’ especially today’s teenagers, we need to be spoon fed! (Well, I can only speak in behalf of the people I interviewed)

The survey included a question that asks how the school administration will feel if they knew that the efforts they are doing are not enough or is not taking effect on students. Most of the people I asked said, hurt, sad, disappointed and everything in that neighborhood. Well, I must say, that is what I thought too.

After asking the students, I went to the person behind all of this, Mrs. Brito. I was originally asked to interview Mr. Noel Delos Reyes but he redirected me to her. I asked the same questions, (well except the one mentioned earlier, of course) and I got different results. What are those? Common sense, yo! The twist in her set of questions was showing her the students’ reaction concerning this matter.

Mrs. Brito said that the students were wrong and the plan and emergency precautions was discussed twice; first was by the MAPEH teacher and second was by the MAPEH student teachers. Uhh, let me think, I personally have three absences this year and what are the odds that the topic was discussed those days? Furthermore, was more-than-50-students were absent in those same days? I don’t think so.

This article is not made to attack the school administration. For me, this is a reaction poll, kind of. They, school ad, were thinking they were doing a good job in lodging the evacuation plan throughout the school but this is the truth. It hurts, I know but it is. And there is nothing nobody can do about it.

So if you notice, there are these papers pasted in the hallways and stairs; the one with arrows and boxes. That’s the school’s evacuation plan. The instructions we will follow in case of emergencies like fire, earthquake, etc. That is the plan that everybody has to know. The question now is, does everybody know? Better question is, will you let yourself stay in the stage of not knowing?

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