Rain or shine, ‘Shake Drill’ will proceed – MMDA

Published July 17, 2018, 10:11 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Jel Santos

Rain or shine, the Metro Manila Shake Drill will push through this week.

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia Jr. (left), along with Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Salalima (right), announces the holding of an unscheduled 4th Metro Manila Simultaneous Earthquake drill dubbed as "Shake Drill 2018" this July. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia Jr. (left), along with Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Salalima (right). (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

This was announced by MMDA general manager Jose Arturo Garcia on Tuesday during a press conference.

Amid inclement weather, Garcia said the drill will continue

“Rain or shine, the Shake Drill will proceed,” said Garcia.

The agency said conducting the MM Shake Drill on a rainy day would give the agency and the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRC) a chance to prepare for worst-case scenarios.

“We can do the drill the easiest way possible, but what if an earthquake happens on a critical time? This way we can prepare for the worst case possible,” Garcia said.

The general manager said that the shake drill could cause traffic congestion in the metropolis.

“We are anticipating that the drill will affect the flow of traffic in the metropolis,” he said.

The MM Shake Drill will have various scenarios, executed by local government units, private institutions, schools and establishments, in different parts of the metropolis.

Garcia said “[o]nce they hear the alarm, motorists who would like to participate in the drill can stop for a minute.”

Inspite of the inconvenience that the activity may bring, Garcia reiterated that it seeks to promote a culture of preparedness among the public for a major earthquake.

“We are doing this to prepare everyone to minimize damage that earthquake may cause. When the Big One happens, we must be prepared.”

Garcia also urged the public to use the hashtag #MMShakeDrill on the day of the drill.

“We are calling on the public to participate to prepare them for disasters,” said Garcia.

The fourth Metro Manila Shake Drill intends to sustain and improve the public’s awareness and consciousness towards a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

“We want to do a shake drill in a more realistic environment.”

Telecommunication networks will broadcast the drill through emergency cell broadcast and SMS messages to its subscribers on the actual day, he said.

Also, companies, churches, schools, and institutions are urged to sound their own alerts or bells while radio stations will air an alert to signal the start of the drill.