SPU Manila Joins Citywide Multi - Disaster Drill

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Date: April 17, 2015Posted by: GIRLIE F. GUIUAN

By Angela Quinto and Gigliermina Mariano

5, 4, 3, 2, 1– for most people, this may sound like an ordinary countdown for something good to happen. But what if the opposite comes--like natural calamities that might occur suddenly--earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, to name some. Months ago, according to the news, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) warned the public that a magnitude 7.2 earthquake might hit Manila. The thought itself already gave us the creeps, how much more if it will turn into reality without our knowing when? This is why routine earthquake and fire drills have been conducted in many institutions, even in schools. An earthquake, fire, and tsunami drill took place in SPU Manila on 2 July 2014 in accordance with the Manila Citywide Multi-Disaster Drill.

Since there were three drills to be conducted, the first two, for earthquake and fire, were done in the morning. During the earthquake drill, we were instructed to “Duck, hold and cover; find your triangle of life!” All students, faculty, staff, and Sisters were instructed to hurriedly proceed to the quadrangle, which was the evacuation area. The third drill, for tsunami, was done in the afternoon. This time, everyone was instructed to do the opposite of the earthquake and fire drill—get to the topmost floor.

The drills were successful, with the guidance of the over-all head, Ms. Maria Isabel T. Abear, together with the school clinic staff, headed by Mrs. Nancy Aguila, MAN, RN, and the Nursing faculty and students.

The experience was very helpful and informative for the students, faculty, and staff to be ready at all times. They learned about a number of earthquakes that took place in Mindanao and in Albay, where Mayon volcanic quakes have damaged houses and livelihoods. With these scenarios, all have to be ready for any eventuality.