Earthquake Drills: Teaching School Children to Be Safe During an Emergency

Our country, the Philippines, is always visited by an earthquake. The national government wants to train everyone how to respond quickly when this natural calamity strikes. Therefore, an earthquake drill is conducted and is participated in by government employees, teachers, and school students.

At the school level, the teachers are grouped or organized into a separate disaster reduction risk management (DRRM), to be on alert when any calamities may occur. This is how preparation for an earthquake strike is conducted. In so doing, the school children are ready and quick to respond to this natural disaster. They’ve been already trained what to do in case an earthquake may occurm regardless of the time of day.

How is the drill done? At the alarm blasted for a minute, the children are quick and ready to take cover under their chairs or desks to protect themselves from any fallen debris. Then after the alarm, they go out one by one in a duck-cover-hold manner and proceed to their designated area for safety. Their respective teacher-advisers are on the alert to conduct a head count to account all of them.

Meanwhile, the school principal is giving them instructions on what to do in case their parents will fetch them. Preparedness in school makes school children ever ready to respond and be safe to any natural disaster or catastrophe.


    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      It is very important. In school, we look forward the safety of all our students including the our teachers.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      It is really terrible to experience how the earthquake shakes the school before.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      It is because your place doesn’t fall into the earthquake built, meaning the tremor effect wouldn’t pass to your place. Then, you are safe.

  1. Kyla Matton Osborne

    They are starting to conduct earthquake drills in some parts of British Columbia now, as well. Our region is not affected at the moment, but close to the coast the schools are now equipped with an early warning system that adds precious time to get students to safety. And the children must go through drills as students in the Philippines do, so they’ll know how to stay calm and safe in the event of an emergency.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      In our school, we don’t have any early device to detect the coming of the earthquake. Only the government agency which is incharge of determining the extent of the quake is the one that gives us the update.

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