ILOILO – The provincial government is joining the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill on Nov. 14.
The drill aims to test how prepared the people and government agencies are when earthquake strikes, said Dr. Jerry Bionat, chief of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).
Some could not execute correctly the basic “drop, cover and hold” position, he observed.
It is suggested that during an earthquake people should drop down to the floor, take cover under a sturdy table or desk (arms covering the head), and hold on until the shaking stops.
Yesterday, PDRRMO personnel started visiting various provincial capitol offices and gave earthquake preparedness orientation.
During Thursday’s drill, some scenarios to be simulated include people sustaining injuries or suffering from stroke due to an earthquake.
“Ang aton responders ma-conduct first aid and patient transfer (carrying and loading) to an ambulance,” said Bionat.
During the earthquake drill, all regular activities at the provincial capitol would be temporarily halted.
The drill will begin at 9 a.m.
DROP, COVER, AND HOLD TIPS
1. If you’re in a high-rise building and you are not near a desk or table, move against an interior wall, and protect your head with your arms. Do not use the elevators. Do not be surprised if the fire alarm or sprinkler systems come on.
2. If you’re outdoors, move to a clear area, away from trees, signs, buildings, or downed electrical wires and poles.
3. If you’re on a sidewalk near buildings, duck into a doorway to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass, plaster, and other debris.
4. If you’re driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses, power lines, and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.
5. If you’re in a crowded store or other public place, do not rush for exits. Move away from display shelves containing objects that could fall.
6. If you’re in a wheelchair, stay in it. Move to cover, if possible, lock your wheels, and protect your head with your arms.
7. If you’re in the kitchen, move away from the refrigerator, stove, and overhead cupboards.
8. If you’re in a stadium or theater, stay in your seat and protect your head with your arms. Do not try to leave until the shaking is over. Then leave in a calm, orderly manner.
After an earthquake, be prepared for aftershocks, and plan where you will take cover when they occur. (johnmartin.com/PN)