This year’s 2nd Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill will be held on June 18 at 9:00a.m., along the theme “One Nation, One People, One Response.”
This is actually part of the four (4)-point action plan for disaster preparedness done specifically to perfect people’s reaction during and after an earthquake to prevent casualties, Carmelito Lupo, Regional Director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in region 10, said.
For this particular activity, the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) will join the Misamis Oriental Provincial DCC to do it at the Mis. Or. Provincial Capitol Compound, in the city.
The drill will showcase critical response operations within the “Golden Hour” principle during fire suppression, collapsed structure, search and rescue, high angle rescue and mass casualty incident management, among others.
Lupo, who is also the Executive Officer of RDCC-10, said the drill is now held on a quarterly basis in selected schools and government buildings of the region, to be able to guide our people on what to do and test their preparedness whenever an earthquake occur.
Meanwhile, a team composed of the Disaster Action Officers of RDCC-10 member agencies have been tasked to act as drill evaluators and record the responses to the following questions:
Was the siren/alarm loud enough for the drill participants to hear? How did they practice the “duck, cover and hold” technique while it was being sounded? Did they wait for the alarm to stop before evacuating to safe area?
Were they able to apply the buddy system and walked faster than normal or run, during the evacuation phase, follow the evacuation routes and did the “crouch and tuck head” technique when the second siren/alarm was sounded?
Did they stay in the evacuation area until the drill was terminated? Was the “checking of body for any sustained injury,” much less, head count done at the evacuation area?
“Any on-toward incident or problem observed during the drill must also be noted so they can be avoided in the succeeding exercises,” Lupo added. (PIA 10)