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NDRRMC to public: Let’s work together for earthquake-ready PH

QUEZON CITY -- To continuously strengthen the country’s earthquake preparedness, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is calling on the public to join the Second Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on June 8, 2023, 8:00A.M.

“Our Second Quarter NSED is scheduled on June 8. We want to emphasize once more the importance of the whole-of-nation approach in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM). In this earthquake preparedness activity, we advocate for a united effort between the government, the private sector and the public.” Civil Defense Administrator and NDRRMC Executive Director, Undersecretary Ariel Nepomuceno.

“We are inviting everyone to join the drill and do the Duck-Cover-Hold technique at the sounding of the siren as part of our continuing effort to build community preparedness for earthquake emergencies.” Usec. Nepomuceno added.

The Mandaluyong City Government will be hosting the ceremonial pressing of the button and the full-scale exercise focusing on a 7.2 magnitude earthquake scenario. The activity will be held at Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City.

The exercise will test Mandaluyong City’s earthquake emergency plans, through a demonstration of response capabilities, command and control, and interoperability of rescue teams.

Participating organizations include the Office of the City Mayor, City DRRM Office, Public Information Department, Mandaluyong City Medical Center, City Health Department, Barangay Responders and Volunteers, Bureau of Fire Protection–Mandaluyong, Philippine National Police–Mandaluyong, Greenfield District Management, Philippine Red Cross–Mandaluyong Chapter, and High Threat Emergency Care (HTEC).

Meanwhile, the NDRRMC reiterates its call on academic institutions, business establishments, government offices, and all households to strictly observe minimum public health standards when conducting evacuation drills.

The Second Quarter NSED will be live streamed through Civil Defense PH and NDRRMC Facebook pages. Program starts at 8:00AM with the ceremonial pressing of the button to follow at exactly 9:00AM. (OCD)

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