Department of Education (DepEd) simultaneously conducts an earthquake drill to be set nationwide on June 22 in public schools to heighten students alert level of preparedness during an earthquake.
Armin Luistro, Education Secretary, said that the ‘quake drill’ will assess the capacity level of the schools and other community during and after those emergencies and disasters.
“An integral part of this exercise is to discuss with the teachers and the students safety precautions and other must-know measures about earthquakes,” Luistro said.
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has just released a traffic advisory that some roads are going to be closed to traffic for the quake drill, with rerouting options for motorists.
MMDA invites everyone to join in the quake drill and they have been circulated #MMShakeDrill hashtag in their official twitter account. It is MMDA’s 2nd shake drill to date.
Schools, businesses and offices around Metro Manila are encouraged to participate in the drill. It is set to simulate a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, so that everyone could be prepared for the “Big One”.
The drill will start with a 1 minute alarm that indicates earthquake or shaking. While it’s ongoing, everyone should do “duck, cover and hold” until the shaking stops. Then they will be asked to proceed in a designated evacuation area.
The activity is in accordance to DepEd Order No. 48, s. 2012 — Quarterly Conduct of the National School-Based Earthquake and Fire Drills.