City Hall sets series of emergency drills PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 08:47

By CLAUDINE UNIANA

To better understand the city’s preparedness in responding to disasters, the local government will hold a series of emergency drills starting next week.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Dr Elmier Apolinario has met with various department heads as well as representatives of the Bureau of Fire Prevention, the Zamboanga City Police Office and other stakeholders to plan out the details of the drills.

The move is in response to the directive from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) calling for local government units to hold drills in preparation for natural and man-made disasters.

To better gauge the effectiveness of the city government’s disaster response as well as identify lapses during the drill, it was decided not to disclose the exact date and time emergency drills will be held.

The first of the series of drills will be conducted simultaneously at all local government offices at an undisclosed date next week and will be signaled by the sounding of city hall’s siren during office hours.

Apolinario likewise urged department heads to remind their respective personnel to take the drills very seriously as the exercise may save their lives.

He also advised them to appoint a disaster risk reduction and management officer within their department who will act as liaison to the CDRRMO and who will lead the office’s emergency plans. — Claudine Uniana