May 27, 2016
MMDA to Launch 2nd MMShakeDrill Website on Monday
In an effort to drum up and raise public awareness of the upcoming 2nd Metro Manila Shake Drill on June, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will launch on Monday, May 30, #mmshakedrill for social media as well as the website, //www: mmshakedrill.ph.
MMDA officials, led by Chairman Emerson Carlos, will spearhead the launching around 10 a.m. at the MMDA Auditorium in Makati City.
The event was organized with the help of several partners including local and regional disaster risk reduction management officers, information officers in Metro Manila, and different media organizations, such as online news website Rappler.
Visitors of the website, //www: mmshakedrill.ph, will get basic, but very vital, survival tips and list of evacuation centers in the event of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake as it will contain Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
The website will also detail the Oplan Metro Yakal Plus, MMDA’s disaster contingency plan drawn up for the regional disaster response.
To ensure the maximum public participation, the website will feature the instructions on how to sign up as participants, whether by individual or by group, in the 2nd Metro Manila ShakeDrill.
Under the Metro Yakal Plus, the MMDA is responsible for command and control and search and rescue operations if the Big One jolts Metro Manila.
MMDA officials, along with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, have already been sitting down with various government agencies and different sectors of society for the review of the 1st Metro Manila ShakeDrill held July 30 last year.
During the series of coordination meeting, MMDA executives also encouraged participants to simulate a more realistic and new scenarios to challenge the disaster preparedness and response of every group.
The 2nd Metro Manila ShakeDrill will be held at the same time as the national government’s Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill on June 22 at around 9 a.m.
As with last year’s shake drill, Metro Manila will be divided in four quadrants – East, West, North and South—where both government personnel and rescue volunteers will be setting up command and control centers.