DepEd’s earthquake drill set on June 22

The Department of Education (DepEd) is set to conduct a simultaneous earthquake drill on 22 June 2016 in schools nationwide to heighten the level of preparedness of the learners during an earthquake.

Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro said the drill is also meant to assess the capacity level of the school and the community in the eventuality of disasters and emergencies. “An integral part of this exercise is to discuss with the teachers and the students safety precautions and other must-know measures about earthquakes,” he added.

The activity will be conducted on the same day as the Metro Manila Development Authority’s 2nd metro-wide simultaneous earthquake drill. All DepEd field offices, schools and learners are expected to participate in these earthquake preparedness activities.

“It is important that everyone is aware and knowledgeable on what to do and what not to do during a disaster [earthquake] like this,” Luistro explained.

The drill starts with a 1-minute alarm that indicates earthquake or shaking. While the alarm is ongoing, everyone should do “duck, cover and hold” until the “shaking” stops. They will then be asked to proceed to a designated evacuation area.

This activity is pursuant to DepEd Order No. 48, s. 2012 or the Quarterly Conduct of the National School-Based Earthquake and Fire Drills. Students are expected to share what they learn during the drill to their families and to the community. (DepEd)

Source: The Philippine Information Agency