The Department of the Interior and Local Government Region III (DILG R3) participated in the 3rd Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on Wednesday to ensure emergency preparedness.
The drill started with a one-minute alarm that indicates earthquake or shaking which signaled the personnel to perform the standard procedure of “duck, cover and hold”.
During the drill, the workers went out after the alarm and proceeded to the Evacuation Assembly Area in front of the building covering their heads, and following the evacuation plan posted in each room. The assigned team leader per division/section performed headcount to assure that all employees are present in the assembly area.
Spearheaded by the Office of Civil Defense, the NSED was conducted simultaneously nationwide to educate the public how to respond during an earthquake. It is also a preparedness measure, especially for the possible 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The drill also seeks to build the capacity of every individual, families and households to become disaster resilient, the ‘Operation Listo’ is an advocacy program of the DILG which led to the creation and dissemination of the Disaster Preparedness Manuals emphasizing the measures to do before, during and after disasters.