Disaster Risk Assessment among Iranian Exceptional Schools

Miresmaeeli, S.S. and Esmaeili, N. and Sadeghi Ashlaghi, S. and Abbasi Dolatabadi, Z. (2021) Disaster Risk Assessment among Iranian Exceptional Schools. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

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Background: Exceptional children, like other children, have the right to be educated in a safe environment. Disasters are considered as serious issues regarding safety and security of educational environments. Following disasters, vulnerable groups, especially children with handicaps and disabilities are more likely to be seriously injured. Thus, the present study aimed to evaluate the safety and disaster risk assessment of exceptional schools in Tehran, Iran. Method: The cross-sectional study was conducted in exceptional schools in Tehran, 2018. First, 55 exceptional schools in all grades were selected based on census sampling method and evaluated by using a checklist designed by Tehran Disaster Mitigation and Management Organization (TDMMO) and Ministry of Education in 2015. The data were analyzed using Excel software and statistical descriptive tests. Result: Based on the results, school facilities are worn and have unsafe elevators (least safety: 7.69), yards (least safety: 9.52), laboratories (least safety: 16.67), libraries (least safety: 24.24), fire extinguishing systems (least safety: 28.99), and storage rooms and kitchens (least safety: 33.33) which require immediate considerations. In total, the safety of exceptional schools in this study was 70.13, which suggests medium-risk level. Conclusion: The educational settings must be reconsidered, along with identifying the risk and safety at school. In addition, a standard should be established for evaluating safety, especially in exceptional schools. © Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc. 2021.

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Subjects: WM Psychiatry
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Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2021 09:04
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2021 09:04
URI: http://eprints.iums.ac.ir/id/eprint/33228

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