MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The country’s 1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) under the government’s #BidaAngHanda campaign is set to happen on February 15 at 2 pm.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) are calling on the public to join the earthquake drill in preparation for the so-called “Big One.” The ceremonial venue will be the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.
According to the Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS), the movement of the West Valley Fault that is expected to happen within our lifetime is estimated to cause a 7.2 magnitude quake in Metro Manila and neighboring cities and towns. (READ: Preparing your family for an earthquake)
At least 35,000 people could die and thousands more injured, the study estimated. (READ: INFOGRAPHIC: How powerful is a magnitude 7.2 earthquake)
The #BidaAngHanda campaign aims to educate Filipinos about how they should prepare for earthquakes and other hazards.
“We encourage everyone to join the #BidaAngHanda campaign in support of the 1st Quarter NSED. The NDRRMC conducts this nationwide earthquake drill quarterly, as one of its initiatives to promote disaster preparedness and community resilience among Filipinos,” said NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad.
Here’s how to join on the day of the earthquake drill:
1. Do the duck, cover, and hold technique.
2. Take photos or videos of your #BidaAngHanda experience.
3. Share your #BidaAngHanda photos or videos on social media using the official hashtag.
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