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City participates in earthquake drill

The city government workforce and its clientele simulated the appropriate emergency response for an earthquake scenario during the earthquake drill conducted Thursday afternoon at City Hall grounds.

Under the watch of evaluators and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO), city hall employees performed the drill maneuvers of ‘duck, cover, and hold’ and evacuated to designate assembly areas at the City Hall’s siren sound off at 2 PM.

The exercise was part of the 3rd Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED), spearheaded by the CDRRMO in collaboration with the Department of National Defense (DND) and other agencies.

The NSED is an activity mandated by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) with the aim of ensuring dissemination of earthquake information and testing the efficiency and usefulness of the preparedness, response, and recovery plans and systems developed by localities and offices.

Other than City Hall, pilot area for the NSED was Universidad de Zamboanga University in Tetuan as well as other UZ campuses in the city.

The appropriate action of duck, cover and hold reduces injury and death during earthquakes and means drop to the ground, take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table and hold on to it until the shaking stops.

Two previous earthquake drills were conducted at City Hall with the active participation of Mayor Beng Climaco and the local government workforce on June 21 and February 15.

The local chief executive has cited the importance of drills in disaster preparedness, particularly in preparing residents to execute the appropriate responses during emergencies. (Jasmine Mohammadsali/PR)