Shake drill boosts pub­lic re­sponse to quake

Tempo - - News Roundup - (Anna Liza Vil­las-Alavaren)

The Metropoli­tan Manila De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMDA) claimed it has boosted the pub­lic’s readi­ness for a strong earth­quake with con­duct of the metro-wide shake drill, which ended a day ahead of sched­ule.

The earth­quake drill that started Fri­day af­ter­noon was sup­posed to end on Monday morn­ing but was ter­mi­nated on Sun­day, 12 noon.

This is to pave the way for the as­sess­ment meet­ing set by MMDA Chair­man Danilo Lim on Monday with all quad­rant lead­ers and all stake­hold­ers that have par­tic­i­pated in the drill to give their over-all as­sess­ment of the drill.

Ra­mon San­ti­ago, MMDA pub­lic safety con­sul­tant, said the na­tional gov­ern­ment down to barangay lev­els and stake­hold­ers were able to test their emer­gency re­sponse ca­pa­bil­i­ties dur­ing the three-day drill.

“In Pasig, a ter­ror at­tack while an earth­quake is hap­pen­ing was sim­u­lated. This is what we call staged sce­nar­ios with play­ers test­ing their pro­ce­dures and re­sources. Par­tic­i­pants were able to test how they man­age the event,” said San­ti­ago dur­ing the agency’s ra­dio pro­gram over DZBB.

Other sce­nar­ios were fire oc­cur­rences, ve­hic­u­lar ac­ci­dents, build­ing col­lapse, res­cu­ing of trapped per­sons, giv­ing of med­i­cal at­ten­tion to in­jured in­di­vid­u­als, liquifac­tion, bridge col­lapse, land­slide, among oth­ers.

“Many peo­ple crit­i­cize the agency for hold­ing the drill dur­ing rush hour and pay­day Fri­day but we need to see the worst case sce­nario and test our ca­pa­bil­i­ties of emer­gency per­son­nel, how fast can we re­spond to a dis­as­ter – gov­ern­ment agen­cies, pri­vate sec­tor, barangays, how can Metro Manila be af­fected,” added Lim.

The res­cue op­er­a­tions and evac­u­a­tion drills were planned ac­cord­ing to the pro­jected im­pact of a 7.2-mag­ni­tude earth­quake hit­ting Metro Manila.

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