Drop, Cover, and Hold: Earthquake Prevention and Preparedness Seminar conducted at DENR MIMAROPA Regional Office


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In participation to the 1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources MIMAROPA conducted a one day seminar on disaster prevention and management on March 27, 2015.

earthquake drill-3According to Ms. Romina Marasigan, NDRRMC’s Public Affairs Office head, this activity aims to highlight government capability in responding to emergency situations, especially in: managing the Incident Command System; evacuating affected populace, focusing on women, children, elderly and persons with disabilities; establishment and management of evacuation areas; and provisioning of medical assistance and relief.

The seminar was organized in coordination with Office of Civil Defense MIMAROPA. Ms. Nieves Bonifacio, Training Officer of Office Civil Defense MIMAROPA dwelt extensively on the various aspects of techniques in order to reduce earthquake-related injuries and death.

All employees, who were also the participants, have been familiarized with the preparatory activities that they must perform during earthquake like the proven drop, cover, and hold method. The drill started at 9:00 in the morning following the sounding of the alarm system representing a notional shaking. Subsequently, the employees coming from their own offices followed the evacuation route to the designated evacuation area.

Ms. Bonifacio had a post-evaluation to the drill where she explained that an emergency evacuation area must be designed and designated. It can be a nearby safe area, preferably outdoor, where employees can gather after a fire or earthquake. It should be out in the open away from buildings or power-lines. If there is no open space nearby, designate some other safe place.

DENR MIMAROPA employees became more knowledgeable of what they should do firsthand when an earthquake strikes after the said activity. The office will continuously carry out this kind of seminar in order to improve employee’s awareness and encourage proactive approach to earthquake safety. (Jyferson A. Villapa)