Emergency Drills To Be Held At GABA "More Often"
At GABA, the last evacuations practised at learning studios were conducted two years ago, at only a small number of locations, with few instructors taking part.
While there are posters in Learning Studios advising what to do in the event of a disaster, there has been little real education or preparation to give instructors experience in knowing what to do or how to handle the situation when - not if - an earthquake occurs.
Across Japan, during "Disaster Prevention Day" on September 1st, various disaster drills were held at schools and companies all over the country. The date remembers the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923 - and after the March 11th earthquakes in 2011, it is more important than ever.
Some GABA staff have been sent to the "Earthquake Simulator" in Ikebukuro, this year, but instructors are still inexperienced and unprepared. This is of particular concern in regards to lessons with children, as GABA has some very young children attending lessons on a regular (if not daily) basis.
Because of this, the General Union has again asked for the company to improve preparations for disasters, in case of fire, earthquake, or any other problem that might occur.
On August 20th, GABA stated that they will "have a disaster drill in English more often, and offer a chance for instructors to acquire knowledge on what to do in an emergency."
This is a positive sentiment, and the Union hopes GABA improves emergency preparations quickly as, currently, GABA is woefully and dangerously unprepared for disasters, leaving both their clients and instructors vulnerable to injury - or worse - in the future.
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September 10, 2015