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Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response: Mock Major Disaster Drill at NWSM

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A mock major disaster drill was arranged by the Department of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment (OHS&E) in collaboration with Rescue 1122 at the Northwest School of Medicine (NWSM) on 21 June 2023. A Large number of Students, Faculty and Non-Faculty staff, and Demonstrators participated in the session. Lab The Rescue 1122 representatives Mr. Inayat Ur Rehman, medical safety instructor and Mr. Khalil Ur Rehman, fire and safety instructor, trained the participants on first aid provision, emergency evacuation and fire safety. The mock drill also helped identify the limitations of the current emergency preparedness plan. Realistic emergency preparedness drills and exercises can help ensure a more effective response when disaster strikes. Studying lessons learned from other emergencies and practicing simulations is the best alternative to real-world experience because the ability to equivocally learn in a replicated environment strengthens readiness to respond during a disaster. 

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