The im­por­tance of Earth­quake Drill

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The Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment (DRRM) Team of Ito­gon chaired by Engr. Cyril Batca­gan mon­i­tored Loa­can El­e­men­tary School, Ito­gon, Benguet for the sec­ond time for their dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness on March 15.

Earth­quake and fire drills are ob­served in all places in the Philip­pines be­cause our coun­try is un­der the Pa­cific ring of fire. The pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing an earth­quake in our place is in­evitable.

SFO2 Dangla in­structed the teach­ers on how earth­quake and fire drills are to be done. He fur­ther re­it­er­ated that pupils should be fa­mil­iar­ized with the sounds they hear. The first sound should come from a mega­phone which means that there is an earth­quake and they should per­form the “dock, cover, hold,” inside the class­room. The next sound which is the con­tin­u­ous ring­ing of the bell would mean that they will form a line out­side then go the evac­u­a­tion cen­ter cov­er­ing their head. When they reach the open space, they will still be in a “cover, dock, hold,” po­si­tion. The teacher then re­ports the num­ber of pupils to the high of­fi­cial of the school.

When there is a reg­u­lar earth­quake drill, pupils will be used to it and they will be able to know what to do in case a real earth­quake hap­pens.

If the drill is not done reg­u­larly, the ten­dency is, pupils will for­get it. This is ac­cord­ing to the law of use and dis­use.

The Mu­nic­i­pal DRRM should con­tinue to mon­i­tor the drills in ev­ery school so their ef­forts will not be in vain. They should also give clear in­struc­tions so the teach­ers and pupils will not be con­fused.

School Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion team of the school should be well or­ga­nized so they will help in im­ple­ment­ing the earth­quake and fire drills. In this way, the lives of the school chil­dren will be saved and in­juries will be less­ened.

By Bev­erly P. Anon­gos

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