The Grade 11 and college students of Lourdes College joined the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) organized by the Office of Civil Defense. In Lourdes College, the school’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council headed the said activity on June 20, 2019.
Disaster preparedness, like earthquake drills, is an exercise to properly respond when such incidents may occur. Risk mitigating activities can reduce the effects of disaster hazards to the populace.
As the sirens went off to signal the start of the drill, the teachers and students did the Duck, Cover and Hold position, before proceeding to the school quadrangle that served as their evacuation area. The alarm system used was loud enough to be heard by all drill participants.
As an observer, Dr. Revina O. Mendoza explained that “Each one of us should be ready when disasters will come; we need to acquaint ourselves with what is going to be the best thing to do for us to be safe. Other than complying to CHED’s memorandum, conducting a drill is for the students to be prepared when there are disasters that would arise.”
“As far as I’m concerned, one must not panic. We must know what to do during an occurrence of an earthquake” exclaimed Faye Louise A. Ablanque, a second-year BS-Accountancy student.
Aside from schools, other government agencies and private offices also participated in the said drill. This could also be the ground for the enhancement of interoperability and understanding through cooperation and contribution of disaster response assets and personnel from different stakeholders. (Shaddrach John Lloyd Daba and Khael Montano – Blue Sash Correspondents)