Posted by:April 6, 201611:58 pmon:
It was July 30th when the anticipated Metrowide Shake Drill, which was conducted by the metro Manila Development Authority or widely known as MMDA, was set to happen. Every school, university, private and public hospital, government office, and malls located within the West Valley Fault, which possesses a threat of a large scale earthquake with a magnitude 7 or higher within Metro Manila, participated in the earthquake drill. Metro Manila was fractioned into four quadrants. The first quadrant, which is the northern quadrant, is composed of five cities, Quezon City, Caloocan, Valenzuela, San Juan, and Mandaluyong. The second quadrant, which is the eastern quadrant, is composed of only two cities, Pasig and Marikina. The third quadrant, which is the southern quadrant, is composed Pasay, Makati, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Pateros, and Taguig. Lastly, the fourth quadrant, which is the western quadrant, is composed of Navotas, Malabon, and Manila. Two of the quadrants were assigned to make the worst case scenarios to ever happen in a large scale earthquake, like fallen structures, chemical explosions, falling cars, and others. Fire, search and rescue, transport of patients to hospitals and, cadaver management scenarios were implemented by the other two quadrants. Each quadrant has one or two evacuation sites.
It started at exactly 10:30 AM with a 30-second audio recording of an earthquake “happening”, which was followed by the blaring of sirens around the four quadrants. Each student and member of the staff, along with some parents of the students in preschool and grade school in SMWS actively participated in the shake drill. When the bell rang thrice, leaving a long siren to play, they were able to execute the “drop, cover and hold” routine, took our grab bags, and swiftly walked down the hallways and stairs without causing a commotion. We went straight to the road in front of the school and continued to execute the “drop, cover, and hold”. While we were basking under the bright sun, the school nurse, Ms. Robina taught us what to do if ever one of us got injured and how to treat the injuries with the help of a member of the school staff, a 9th grader and a 4th grader. She showed us how to treat an arm fracture, a head injury, and a scalp injury. After the drill, the prefect of discipline, Sir Don Vanir, congratulated everyone who participated in the Metrowide Earthquake Drill for achieving the earthquake drill’s main goal: to be aware of everything that is happening in our surroundings during an earthquake, and the most fundamental part of this activity, which is “Don’t panic.” because if you do, it will not only affect you but it will also greatly affect everyone around you.
We should all congratulate ourselves for performing the procedures correctly. But even though this metrowide earthquake drill is done, we should prepare ourselves for “The Big One” beforehand because earthquakes can happen anytime and anywhere. It can happen while you are in school, strolling around the mall, eating at a restaurant, or worse—while you are asleep. So we should always be alert of our surroundings. Hopefully, if the “Big One” finally strikes, everyone will be able to do every procedure that was done during the shake drill.