DROP, COVER and HOLD ON!
Earthquake is a natural phenomenon caused by constant movements of the earth plates and due to ever-changing of the climate. Also, an earthquake is one of the most unpredicted calamities currently happening in our country causing hundred and thousand deaths and injuries.
National Simultaneous Earthquake drill (NSED) is a quarterly organized and is encouraged by the National Disaster Risk and Management Council (NDRRMC). Both LGU’s and NGO’s are highly encouraged to have an earthquake drill exercise to manage proper protocols and exhibit preparedness plans to teach students and staff on how to respond to complications caused by an actual earthquake.
The Department of Science and Technology- X participated in the Second Quarter of NSED last July 21, 2018 at exactly 2:00 PM in the afternoon.
The drill started with the alarm drill bell where employees and interns from different departments strictly followed the DROP, COVER, and HOLD procedures.
DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.
COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand or anything that could protect your head. If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter and stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs
HOLD ON until shaking stops then slowly walk and look for a safe place where there’s no building nor trees.
Before the actual drill, Engr. Frumencio B. Quiblat, Jr the Sr. Science Research Specialist of the department, conducted an orientation during the agency’s Monday Convocation on July 18, 2018. Engr. Quiblat disseminated information about the manifestation of an earthquake to develop employees’ awareness on the safety measures and procedures before and after an earthquake.
Finally, it was indeed a success! Being prepared and responsive are truly the basic strategies in reducing disasters and risks. Ligtas ang may alam! (Mara Vania T. Verula, Krizzia L. Ejansantos – DOST-X)