The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through the Regional DRRM Councils conducts the 1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on 31 March 2017, Friday, 2 PM with the ceremonial venue at the Central Command, Camp Lapulapu, Cebu City.
At exactly 2 PM, NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Usec Ricardo B Jalad, DOST DRR and Climate Change Usec Renato U Solidum and Province of Cebu Board Member Miguel Magpale joined the ceremonial pressing of the button as a signal for the nationwide conduct of the earthquake drill.
More than one thousand (1000) local government officials, government employees, responders, media partners and private individuals performed the duck, cover and hold for a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Cebu City. The evacuation was conducted in the area and several drill scenarios namely, collapse structure and high angle search and rescue, fire suppression, vehicular extrication and mass casualty incident were performed.
The 1st quarter NSED generally aims to test the efficiency and usefulness of the preparedness, response and recovery plans, systems and policies developed in various localities and offices. Specifically, it aims to showcase the interoperability of plans among concerned agencies including the LGUs, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and even the communities.
“Through this activity, we can see the best practices and the even the gaps to further improve our preparedness measures for a strong earthquake. Also, this exercise could encourage the entire philippine citizenry and the whole of government to further strengthen disaster preparedness initiatives and join the NDRRMC in its continuous effort to build a culture of disaster resilience,” said Usec Ricardo B Jalad.
Local drills were conducted in various areas nationwide through the OCD Regional Offices. Attached is a list of the 1st Quarter NSED pilot areas.