FAQs: What is the #MMShakeDrill 2017?
MANILA, Philippines - Metro Manila residents will once again participate in a metro-wide earthquake drill on July 14 to 17, 2017. This is third time the drill – known online as the #MMShakeDrill – will be conducted.
All local government units in Metro Manila, along with the nearby provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna, will take part in the drill, which will be coordinated by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and various local government units and agencies.
The drill aims to increase awareness and prepare everyone in the event a 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Metro Manila. Scientists predict a major movement of the West Valley Fault could occur within our lifetimes.
Preparation is key
Everyone can and should participate in the earthquake drill, according to the organizers. Since the drill will be held at the same time as a nationwide earthquake drill, even those outside of Metro Manila can join.
But what is the #MMShakeDrill? Here are a list of answers to some frequently asked questions:
What is the Metro Manila ShakeDrill?
The Metro Manila Shake Drill (#MMShakeDrill) is a metro-wide earthquake drill. It aims to promote a culture of preparedness among Metro Manila residents for a possible 7.2 magnitude movement of the West Valley Fault.
It is organized by the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC) and managed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and other agencies and stakeholders.
When will it happen, and how do we know it is starting?
The Shake Drill will begin on July 14, Friday at 4:00 pm in Metro Manila.
At 4:00 pm, radio stations will sound the earthquake alarm which will signal the start of the drill. Your company, church, school, or institution may also sound their own alarms.
Everyone in Metro Manila should participate in the drill. Since the Shake Drill is designed to simulate an unexpected 7.2-magnitude earthquake, everyone will be affected, wherever they are.
The Metro Manila Shake Drill has been coordinated with Metro Manila barangays, government agencies, hospitals, businesses, schools, BPOs, mall operators, safety and security practitioners, and the religious sector in order to ensure the widest participation.
What should we do at 4:00 pm?
If you are at the office, at school, or inside a building, once the signal starts at 4:00 pm, perform the duck, cover, and hold maneuver for 45 seconds. After that, evacuate the building to an open area that is safe from any hazards.
If you are in your vehicle, move to the side of the road and stop your car. Keep away from structures that are likely to fall, such as billboards and power lines. (READ: Earthquake tips for drivers)
What if I’m at home at 4:00 pm?
If you are at home, perform the duck, cover and hold for 45 seconds. You don’t have to evacuate your house. Just know where the nearest barangay evacuation center is located. Have your emergency bag on hand.
Prepare and implement your family evacuation procedure. Check for fire and be aware. Know where your family members are, and check your house and surroundings for cracks and structural defects. (READ: Preparing your family for an earthquake)
What if I’m on the road by 4:00 pm?
The MMDA traffic constables will signal the start of the Shake Drill by holding up EARTHQUAKE DRILL signs. All vehicles are expected to stop for 1 minute, except for vehicles on and below flyovers and tunnels which need to keep moving to avoid these structural hazards. Traffic lights on the major roads will flash for 1 minute as well. (READ: Earthquake tips for drivers)
Are public services going to be disrupted on July 14?
No, all public services will be operational on July 14.
The point of the ShakeDrill is to simulate the earthquake on a normal day, where people will be where they normally are.
Will the power, telephone, and internet lines be cut off?
Authorities may conduct a power failure test where power will be cut for 5 minutes. But telephone lines and mobile networks will not be cut off.
It is up to the discretion of individual companies, schools, institutions, or barangays if they will simulate these circumstances in your respective areas.
How about the trains?
The MRT and LRT lines will stop at 4:00 pm for only 1 minute.
However, in a real earthquake situation, train commuters should follow these tips and instructions.
What will emergency response teams be doing during the drill?
A composite team of MMDA, MMDRRMC, PNP, AFP, and the local DRRMOs of LGUs will be staging simulated earthquake response scenarios, and setting up evacuation sites at their respective quadrants and local government jurisdictions.
An integrated command center will be set up at the Joint Task Force - National Capital Region headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, which will be linked up with the NDRRMC command post at the AFP Grandstand, also at Camp Aguinaldo.
Where are the evacuation centers?
City and barangay officials will take the lead in providing evacuation centers for their residents.
The following locations are also being considered as evacuation areas:
- UP Diliman campus, Quezon City
- Three S Center, Agustin Street, Valenzuela City
- La Loma cemetery, Samson Road, Caloocan City
- Pinaglabanan Shrine, San Juan City
- Ultra complex, Pasig City
- Training Center, C. Raymundo St., Pasig City
- Marikina Boys Town, Marikina City
- Red Cross Compound, Marikina City
- Marikina City Hall
- Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City
- University of Santo Tomas campus, Manila
- Amphitheater near Malabon City Hall, Malabon City
- University of Makati complex, Makati City
- Near Garden of Memories Cemetery, Bagong Kalsada, Pateros
- Cayetano Science High School, Diego Silang St., Brgy. Ususan, Taguig City
- Paranaque City Hall, San Martin de Porres St., Paranaque City
- Sucat Posadas, Muntinlupa City,
- Filinvest MTB Trail, Filinvest Avenue, Muntinlupa City
- Sunken Garden at Gen. Paulino Santos Avenue, Muntinlupa City
Do we need to proceed to the evacuation areas?
You don’t have to proceed to the quadrant or local evacuation areas. Just know their locations, as well as how to get there, in case there are fires and strong aftershocks during a real earthquake.
Can I volunteer?
Yes. MMDA, in partnership with MovePH, is calling on individuals and organizations to join the Metro Manila Emergency Volunteer Corps (MMEVC) - a network of volunteers who will be ready to respond in times of disasters. Sign up at the Shake Drill website.
What is Oplan Metro Yakal Plus?
Oplan Metro Yakal Plus is Metro Manila’s emergency response plan in event of a 7.2 magnitude movement of the West Valley Fault with intensity VIII ground shaking.
The contingency plan details how government agencies, local government, and other stakeholders should work together to prepare for and respond to “the big one”. The plan was formulated and approved by the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC).
How can I encourage others to participate in the Shake Drill?
You can help promote this event by taking pictures and telling us about your individual, family, and community preparations on social media, using #MMShakeDrill.
Local government units, response teams, and individuals are encouraged to utilize the Agos Alert Map to learn more about information updates and engagement with the public for this earthquake drill. You can also encourage them to join the Metro Manila Emergency Volunteer Corps!
What is the Metro Manila Emergency Volunteer Corps?
The Metro Manila Emergency Volunteer Corps (MMEVC) is a network of individuals and organizations that are prepared for and ready to respond in times of crisis. It was established by the MMDA for the 1st Metro Manila Shake Drill.
The MMDA, in partnership with MovePH, will expand the volunteer corps and build the capacity of its members. The MMDA and other partners will conduct training workshops to teach and hone the needed skills for disaster preparedness and response.
What is the Agos eBayanihan?
Agos is Rappler's disaster information management platform that crowdsources information from social media and facilitates the sharing of critical information that can save lives. It is powered by Ateneo de Manila University's eBayanihan platform that helps disaster managers update information on evacuation shelters and mobilize volunteers. To learn more about Agos eBayanihan, visit the website: https://agos.rappler.com.
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