Following the three strong earthquakes which destroyed many areas in Mindanao, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) encouraged the public to join the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill (NSED) on Thursday, November 14.
NSED is an activity held quarterly seeking to instill a culture of preparedness among Filipinos as well as to promote disaster awareness. This is done to test the abilities of institutions and the public during and after an earthquake.
Also, this is intended to evaluate the effectiveness of the local government’s emergency plans and protocols related to such disaster.
During the earthquake drill, participants should “duck, cover and hold” as soon as the alarm rings, then go to evacuation areas.
Government employees, schools, police officers, and other institutions from different cities and municipalities took part in the simultaneous drill.
Last month, three powerful quakes hit Mindanao and left damaged structures, injured individuals, and a combined death toll of 28.
The NDRRMC is currently reviewing a proposal to make NSED mandatory for all Philippine organizations, said NDRRMC Spokesperson Mark Timbal in an interview with DZMM.