Malabon to lead 3rd nationwide earthquake drill Thursday
by Lyndon Plantilla
Quezon City (17 October) -- Malabon City will lead the 3rd National Earthquake Drill on Thursday, 18 October, starting 8:30 am, with Defense Secretary and National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Chair Gilbert Teodoro turning on the ceremonial button to start off the nationwide drill at the Malabon National High School, M. Naval Street, Brgy. Hulong Duhat, Malabon City.
Science and Technology Secretary Estrella Alabastro and Education Secretary Jesli Lapus were invited to the event.
All drills begin at 9 am. The drills witll test the disaster preparedness of students, teachers and school employees as well as checks the responses of local authorities during and after earthquakes. During the drill, the blaring sirens or ringing of bells will represent ground shake.
Students will do the duck, cover and hold drill during the earthquake drill. (photograph from PHIVOLCS EQ Primer)
Drill participants are expected to do the duck, cover and hold drill while the sirens or bells are on. Duck, cover and hold means finding good cover, watching out for falling objects and staying calm during the whole process.
Once the shaking stops (no more sirens or bells ringing), participants will move to areas designated as safer grounds.
Local responders are expected to demonstrate their abilities to provide first aid and to handle hazardous materials in schools hit by earthquakes. (PIA) [top]