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Drills for surprise fires and earthquakes are necessary for schools: DepEd

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According to the Department of Education, unannounced fire and earthquake exercises are required in all public schools across the country (DepEd).

These drills are designed to guarantee that students are prepared for disasters in accordance with DepEd Order (DO) 53, which Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte signed on Friday.

All public schools must undertake unannounced earthquake and fire drills every first and third week of each month, the DO said, in keeping with its commitment to safeguarding the safety and well-being of students and school staff.

The school heads must collaborate closely with the disaster risk reduction and management coordinators in order for there to be adequate “planning, implementation, and monitoring.”

It stated that the purpose of the drills was to make sure that students were appropriately instructed on what to do in the event of an earthquake or a fire in a school.

It continued, “For an earthquake of magnitude 7 or greater, all schools in the National Capital Region (NCR), Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, and Bulacan shall develop a distinct and specific disaster plan.”

Schools were required by DepEd to reveal their preparations in full in case there were to be “mass casualties.”

According to the statement, “the strategy shall precisely lay forth the response should there be a scenario involving mass casualties of students and personnel.”

Given the level of danger the nation faces from natural disasters, earthquakes, and even man-made risks, the Department of Education (DepEd) stated that “adequate preparedness strategies” are essential in preserving lives.

Local drills and simulated activities are preventive measures that familiarize evacuation routes and reinforce appropriate behaviors in the case of a crisis. Regular repetition of these exercises and drills would eventually make these reactions automatic reflexes that would show during a real disaster, according to DepEd.


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