THE Department of Education (DepEd) will conduct simultaneous earthquake drills on June 22, Wednesday, in public schools nationwide to heighten students’ level of preparedness during an earthquake.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the drill is also meant to assess the capacity level of the school and the community during and after disasters and emergencies.
“An integral part of this exercise is to discuss with the teachers and the students safety precautions and other must-know measures about earthquakes,” he added.
The activity will be conducted on the same day as the Metro Manila Development Authority’s second simultaneous earthquake drills in Metro Manila or the National Capital region.
All DepEd field offices, schools and learners are expected to participate in these earthquake preparedness activities.
“It is important that everyone is aware and knowledgeable on what to do and what not to do during a disaster [earthquake]like this,” Luistro explained.
The drills start with a one-minute alarm that indicates earthquake or shaking. While the alarm is ongoing, everyone should do “duck, cover and hold” until the “shaking” stops. They will then be asked to proceed to a designated evacuation area.
This activity is pursuant to DepEd Order No. 48, s. 2012 or the Quarterly Conduct of the National School-Based Earthquake and Fire Drills.
Students are expected to share what they learn during the drills with their families and the community.