Beng wants local families to be ready for disasters PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 August 2015 10:52

by Jasmine Mohammadsali

Mayor Beng Climaco wants more families to be involved in disaster preparedness, citing the suggestions and findings of the recently held earthquake drill held at City Hall last week.

Climaco said each Zamboangueño family should prepare its members on what to expect and what to do in times of emergencies.

“There must be a designated person in the family to account for every member,” Climaco stressed in her press briefing Monday morning, August 3.

Climaco noted a point person for families and an emergency plan is critical as communication lines will most likely be cut off in times of emergencies and disasters, causing panic as families will seek to search and be with their loved ones.

“If a magnitude 8 earthquake where to happen right now, we will not be here – we will scamper away and we will not go to the designated evacuation sites but we will look for our children,” she said.

As part of her priority thrusts which include Security, Health, and Education (SHE), Climaco likewise recommended offices, establishments, and schools to regularly hold earthquake drills as an ongoing disaster preparedness activity.

“We would like to recommend that ongoing drills be done, not only in City Hall, but in offices and most important schools,” she said.

The earthquake drill on July 30 was the first of its kind to be held in City Hall and was participated in by some 200 employees and officials of City Hall.

The activity, said to be the first to be held in City Hall and spearheaded by the LGU through the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) also tested how fast responders can evacuate officials and personnel whose functions are very crucial in running the affairs of the government in case of an emergency situation. — Jasmine Mohammadsali