Quake drill tests city’s disaster preparedness Print
Friday, 22 June 2018 14:16

City Hall and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) employees and clients led by Mayor Beng Climaco execute duck, cover and hold – the appropriate response to the first sign of an earthquake, as soon as the alarm siren went off in City Hall at 2pm Thursday.

This, as Zamboanga City joined the 2nd National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill, an activity mandated by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) that aims to ensure widest dissemination of earthquake information as well as to test the efficiency and usefulness of the preparedness, response and recovery plans, systems and policies developed in respective localities/offices.

Organized by the CDRRMO led by Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, in collaboration with the OCD and Phivolcs, the barangays within the 7-km radius, government and non-government agencies, private establishments, state colleges and universities and other institutions set up simple scenarios of evacuation and rescue operation to test the preparedness of the response teams and the public.

The appropriate action of duck, cover and hold reduces injury and death during earthquakes and means drop to the ground, take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table and hold on to it until the shaking stops.

Mayor Climaco thanked all those who participated in the drill, as she cited its importance to disaster preparedness. “We need to have more drills and more preparation.”

The mayor likewise thanked the CDRRMO, OCD and PHIVOLCS for organizing the quarterly activity in the city in line with the national memorandum on the NSED. She said: “this is something that needs to be done to prepare our citizens particularly on the basics of ducking and escaping closed structures and going out in the open space.”

She said the organizers will evaluate the outcome of the drill and will come up with measures to improve on the flaws observed during the exercise.

Meanwhile, Abdel Kanti of the CDRRMO said time response of the CDRRMO response team was 6 minutes considering that the simulation was on the assumption that it was a worst case scenario wherein the entire city is affected.

He said the CDRRMO is empowering the community through the creation of barangay disaster risk reduction and management councils training them on disaster preparedness.

Meanwhile, the appropriate action of duck, cover and hold reduces injury and death during earthquakes and means drop to the ground, take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table and hold on to it until the shaking stops. The NSED aims to ensure widest dissemination of earthquake information as well as to test the efficiency and usefulness of the preparedness, response and recovery plans, systems and policies developed in respective localities/offices. The NSED is held quarterly. (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)