Natural disasters like earthquakes have the potential to do extensive damage and take lives. Since earthquakes frequently occur in the Philippines, the government has taken action to educate the public about this danger. One such measure is the Department of Education’s (DepEd) organization of simultaneous earthquake drills in schools.
The Department of Education’s disaster preparedness program in the Philippines include the Quarterly National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (QSED). The purpose of the drill is to better prepare schools across the nation for any future earthquakes.
The drill was conducted on June 8, 2023, at Bani National High School in accordance with the QSED regulations. Diosdado Edquiban, the school’s coordinator for disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM), led the QSED initiative. The DRRM coordinator was in charge of planning the practice and making sure that all students and staff from the school participated.
An alarm was utilized to announce the start of the simulated earthquake during the practice. Following the three crucial actions of “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” students and school staff were evacuated to the designated safe zones as part of the simulation. With assistance from the teaching team, the DRRM coordinator documented the entire activity.
The Bani National High School’s quarterly national simultaneous earthquake drill has been shown to be a successful disaster preparedness program. The school’s capacity for earthquake preparedness and response has been improved thanks to this drill.
To assure the continual improvement and readiness of students and school staff during any potential seismic activity, however, constant evaluation and program improvement are required. To make the QSED a lasting and successful disaster preparedness program, involvement from all school staff members and students should be continuously encouraged.