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Drop, Cover, Hold: DSWD Conducts Earthquake Drill

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Aside from storms, the Philippines is also vulnerable to earthquakes. This is because of its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area in the Pacific Ocean stretching 40,000 kilometers where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions frequently occur.

However, unlike storms, there is no way to predict when an earthquake will occur. That is why the Department of Social Welfare and Development believes in being prepared.

Led by the Disaster Response Management Division (DRMD), DSWD staff conducted its first in-house earthquake drill at its Marabaras Office. During the drill, DSWD staff were trained on how to drop, cover and hold during an actual earthquake. Afterwards, they were also trained on how to evacuate calmly but quickly to the designated safe zone. DRMD staff were able to apply their training on search and rescue and first aid.
(see https://fo8.dswd.gov.ph/2018/…/dswd-staff-first-aid-trained/)

The drill was supervised and evaluated by DSWD’s interagency partners, including the Office of Civil Defense, the Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and several other partners.

Citing DSWD’s training and presence of mind, these evaluators gave positive feedback and also provided valuable insight on the areas where DSWD need improvement.

Additional earthquake drills will be conducted in DSWD’s main and satellite offices in the future to ensure that all DSWD staff are alert and well-trained to respond to an earthquake.

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