Employees of the Department of the Department of Science and Technology, Region 7 held a disaster preparedness and response simulation exercise last March 31, 2017 as part of the 2017 First Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED).
The activity was conducted at the DOST S&T Complex in Lahug, Cebu City, pursuant to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (NDRRMP) to “develop and implement comprehensive national and local preparedness and response policies, plans and systems”. This is done by, among others, promoting “regular disaster preparedness, response and recovery exercises”.
Parts of the simulation exercise are sequential phases of earthquake drill. The drill starts with the sounding of alarm simulating the ground-shaking effect of earthquake for one minute.
This is followed by response phase (ducking or squatting, seeking cover under the table or with something hard, or holding fast to your position. As soon as the one-minute alarm ended, the workers proceed to evacuate by leaving the building immediately through designated evacuation routes or alternate routes. Office rooms in the building, have respective evacuation leaders.
The evacuees then assemble at a designated assembly area where a head count will be made. This will be followed by an evaluation of the drill performance which is the final phases of the exercise.
written by: Licinio Gingoyon