Thales Foundation in association with the Geo Hazards Society (GHS) launched a first-of-its-kind School Safety Mobile App that will allow school administrators to ‘write’ a School Disaster Management Plan (SDMP).
The Android-based mobile app was launched by Mr Kamal Kishore, Member, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Prof Santosh Kumar, Executive Director, National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), and Mr Christophe Humphry, Chief Operating Officer, Thales in India, and Mr Hari Kumar, President, GeoHazards Society, at NIDM headquarter in New Delhi.
The pilot testing of the mobile app took place in schools in Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, Patna in Bihar and Aizwal in Mizoram before the formal launch.
This mobile app has been developed as part of the project undertaken by GHS with the support from the Thales Foundation – an initiative that aims to draw on Thales’s innovative flair and technological expertise to benefit society in the areas of education and humanitarian crises. The project led by GHS and Ms Charu Pandey, an employee volunteer from Thales in India, started in July 2016. It focused on various aspects of school safety in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district – one of the high risk and hazard prone regions of the country that needs the disaster management the most. The GHS conducted staff preparedness training programmes, students training programmes, developed school disaster preparedness plans and tested these plans with preparedness drills. A large number of school administrators, teachers and students were mobilised through this project.
“This mobile app will help fill an important unmet need in schools and help them develop the School Disaster Management Plans systematically,” says GHS president Hari Kumar.
Features of Mobile App
The mobile app has various modules including school profile, hazard profile of the school, falling hazards identification, formation of disaster management teams among others, with the user having a brief guidance on how to use each module to enter the required data. Once the data capture is complete, the user can generate and share the disaster preparedness plan with multiple users as a PDF file via email, Bluetooth, Whatsapp etc.
The mobile app is available on Google Play Store and can be downloaded for free. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.geohaz.school_safety.tt.in&hl=en)
Thales Foundation is set up by global technology leader for the aerospace, transport, defence and security markets Thales, while Geo Hazards Society is a not-for-profit organisation working towards making the country’s most vulnerable communities safer from natural and other hazards, through preparedness and mitigation.