Rain or Shine, Shake Drill is a Go!

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THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said the scheduled Metro Manila Shake Drill this week will push through, rain or shine.

In a news conference Monday, MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo “Jojo” Garcia said the Shake Drill will happen this week amid the continued inclement weather brought by the monsoon rain enhanced by tropical depression “Henry.”

Rain or shine, the Shake Drill will proceed,” said Garcia.

According to the MMDA official, staging the Shake Drill on a rainy day will give the agency and the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRC) a chance to prepare for worst-case scenarios.

We can do the shake drill the easiest way possible but what if an earthquake happens on a critical time? This way we can prepare for the worst case possible,” he said.

Garcia also warned that the shake drill could cause traffic gridlock in the metropolis.

We are anticipating that the drill will affect the flow of traffic in the metropolis,” said Garcia.

The shake drill will involve staging of different scenarios, conducted by local government units, private institutions, schools and establishments, in different parts of the metropolis.

Once they hear the alarm, motorists who would like to participate in the drill can stop for a minute,” said Garcia.

Amid the inconvenience that the activity may bring, Garcia stressed it aims to promote a culture of preparedness among the public for a major earthquake.

We are doing this to prepare everyone to minimize damage that earthquake may cause. When the Big One happens, we must be prepared,” said Garcia.

He also urged the public to use the hash tag #MMShakeDrill on the day of the drill.

We are calling on the public to participate to prepare them for disasters,” said Garcia.

The fourth Metro Manila Shake Drill aims to sustain and improve the public’s awareness and consciousness towards a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/07/14/metro-manila-shakedrill-set-for-next-week-mmda/)

We want to do a shake drill in a more realistic environment,” said Garcia.

Telecommunication networks will broadcast the drill through emergency cell broadcast and SMS messages to its subscribers on the actual day.

Companies, churches, schools, and institutions are urged to sound their own alerts or bells while radio stations will air an alert to signal the start of the drill.

The MMDA will come into play by mobilizing personnel to designated emergency operations centers in four quadrants of the metropolis.


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