Quake drills to boost disaster preparedness in Taguig – Mayor Cayetano

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The local government of Taguig has laid down the necessary preparations for the upcoming 3rd Metro Manila Shake Drill to enhance disaster response in the event of a powerful quake.

“We take these mock drills seriously because we believe that the key to survival involves inculcating and understanding the culture of preparedness and awareness against natural disasters in our community,” said Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano on Thursday.

The drill will take the start at exactly 4 p.m. on July 14 with sounds of a fire alarm and synchronized sirens as signals. This is the third time that the City of Taguig has participated in the Metro Manila Shake Drill.

Cayetano also noted that these kinds of activities enable the entire community to put into practice the city’s already-existing disaster contingency plans.

She said 12 barangays have already been tasked to simultaneously create varying emergency scenarios during the first day of the four-day drill.

The succeeding days will see simulations in the four quadrants in Metro Manila set by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) under its earthquake contingency plan aiming for faster response.

Barangays Pinagsama, North Signal Village, Central Signal Village, South Signal Village, Upper Bicutan, Central Bicutan, Maharlika, Tanyag, South Daang Hari, Ususan, Lower Bicutan, and Bagumbayan will implement emergency scenarios that include scenes of evacuation, collapsed buildings, looting, vehicular accidents and fire incidents.