Disaster Preparedness Drills & Seminar/Emergency Response Training
The predicted 7.2 earthquake, otherwise known as “The Big One” is indeed a blasting news nationwide, especially to those who live near the fault lines. Are we ready for this? Being so concerned about the safety of everyone in school, a series of disaster drills were conducted last July 28, 2015 at 8:30 am and another on July 29, 2015, 2:45 pm. The school also participated in the July 30 Metro Shake Drill spearheaded by the MMDA.
Prior to the planned drills, several meetings were held. Capt. Garry Sibal CHS, a Commissioned Officer and a Training Director/Instructor and Team Leader of the Search and Rescue Unit in the Armed Forces of the Phils. Reserve Command was asked to help us evaluate the drills, plan the escape route lay out of the evacuation area and at the same time, help us create the Incident Command System and Emergency Response Team, along with the safety measures that need to be observed.
Capt. Sibal, together with Sgt. Mario Laroga PA and Sgt. Benjie Laxa, emphasized the importance of heading to the evacuation area in a single file with tapping distance and cover our heads during the evacuation. He further capitalized the importance of the head count, so that all the people inside the campus are accounted for. We practiced the 2nd drill with the Aftershocks and Mock Victims. On the 3rd drill, big improvements were evident, including the systematic reporting of the incidents and the rescue and recovery process.
An Emergency Response Training was also conducted to all employees and student leader volunteers on July 31, 2015, 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the Stephenian Hall. The participants were taught the basic life support skills such as how to carry and transport the victims, how to make square knots, the different uses of a triangular bandage and blankets and proper use of spine boards. Rev. Garry Sibal also highlighted the preparedness of one’s heart by having Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and spending time in prayer.
In addition, the school also conducted a Disaster Preparedness Seminar for Parents on August 10, 1:30 pm at the Stephenian Hall. No one can predict as to when this “Big One” will happen, what’s important is we take our roles seriously as educators and as surrogate parents, standing prepared as one family.