Mampang IDPs undergo mass evacuation drill PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 October 2015 14:03

Intended to gauge their capacity in addressing mass evacuation scenarios, internally displaced persons (IDPs) housed at the Mampang transitory sites underwent a mass evacuation drill October 23.

Organized by the International Organization for Migration in partnership with the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), the drill, held at the Mampang transitory sites 1, 2 and 3 was the culminating event for a series of trainings launched for the IDPs in the said transitory sites.

The simulation included natural and man-made disasters and other emergencies that would require or result in an unplanned or planned mass evacuation of a large number of residents.

The drill sought to identify both strong and weak points in IDPs’ responses. Its results are intended to help in the development of a corresponding mass evacuation plan that will be integrated later into the City-wide mass evacuation procedure.

Last month, the CDRRMO together with the IOM conducted the mass evacuation workshop for IDPs in Mampang 1,2, 3 an Buggoc transitory sites which have been identified as highly susceptible to tsunami of tectonic origin.

The whole-day workshop, held at the Celebrity Hall of Grand Astoria Hotel was specifically designed to draft a comprehensive, doable and adaptive mass evacuation plan during storm surge and earthquake for Masepla 1, 2, 3, and Buggoc recovery sites.

Attended by the city’s disaster responders, such as firemen, police officers, government aid personnel and some IDPs, the activity was a requisite for the conduct of a series of mass evacuation drills in identified model transitory sites through table top exercises.

It was likewise intended to replicate tested mass evacuation plan to other transitional shelters, and to incorporate crafted mass evacuation plan into the CDRRM’s comprehensive plan. — Sheila Covarrubias