After the surveys the teachers are then placed into teams. Each teacher goes through special training and drills in order to be prepared for a disaster. For example, the search and rescue team has been taught many techniques on saving trapped students. They have also been taught who to save and who to leave behind in certain situations. If a student is in good condition they usually leave them and go to someone who is injured and needs immediate help. They do eventually come back for everyone. Other teams include supply equipment, assembly area, request gate, first aid/medical, and many more.
The question still remains, however: is this program enough to save us in a real disaster? Although our staff has gone through training and drills, are we actually prepared?
When asked if the teachers are well enough informed about the disaster preparation plan, Mr. Ryan replied, “To answer adequately, no. Our primary jobs are to be the teachers here.”
If a real earthquake or other disaster hit today, would Mesa be in chaos, or well organized? While some of the evidence says we are prepared, our staff members have implied that even though we may know what to do, we are not ready.
Written by Collette Rhoads