DPWH E. Samar in simultaneous Earthquake Drill
Department of Public Works and Highways- Eastern Samar District Engineering Office, other Government Agencies and disaster authorities had participated in the National Earthquake Drill for the 3rd quarter this year on Wednesday (September 28, 2016) at exactly 9 o’clock in the morning.
After several earthquakes struck the country and the other neighbouring Asian country such as Japan in which both countries are within the pacific ring of fire where volcanic eruptions and earthquakes usually occur. The drill is conducted to prepare the people from the unexpected hit of such natural disaster.
This is to ensure the preparedness of the people in case a quake hit the country, participants practiced the “drop, cover and hold” and other emergency responses such as how to properly use the fire extinguisher in case of fire.
The drill was headed by the Bureau of Fire Protection. Participants or employees were briefed by Richard G. Mangubat of BFP before the activity started.
The bell rang to simulate that a quake is happening. Even if it was just a drill, employees took it seriously, they cooperated well despite of their busy schedules and paper works.
During the drill they executed the drop, cover and hold without any hesitation and acted like a real quake is happening. After the 2 minutes drop, cover and hold moment, participants were directed to rush through the open space or evacuation area where they would be safe from falling debris and trees, and from buildings collapsing.
Employees stay until the quake subside and instructions be given by trained and knowledgeable authorities.
The 5-minute drill could make change and could help in saving lives, and also could possibly lessen the number of injured person if it will happen.
“No one can predict and tell when and where it would happen, the best thing we can do is to prepare for any untoward natural calamity.”Mangubat said.