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Research-into-Action brief: School emergency drills

Source(s):  Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES)

This brief explores how there is evidence that school drills play a pivotal role in both the gradual improvement of school disaster risk reduction, and response preparedness. There is also scholarly consensus that emergency response skills are important to master, and that school drills provide children and adults with important opportunities to learn and practice protective actions and build confidence in such actions. The research also points to how to improve school drills to make them more effective.

The findings support recommendations in two areas: individual capacity-building, with suggestions for how to supplement and modify drills, test realistic scenarios, avoid confusion and build confidence; and organisational capacity-building, with suggestions for ‘after-action reviews’ processes, and developing links between school and household and community preparedness.

The Research-into-Action Brief series provides concise summaries of academic and grey literature on a range of topics for practitioners working in the fields of child-centred risk reduction (CCRR), climate change adaptation (CCA), and school safety.



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  • Research-into-Action brief: School emergency drills
  • Publication date 2018
  • Author(s) Johnson, Victoria A.; Towers, Briony; Petal, Marla
  • Number of pages 10 p.

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