Earthquake drill in the Children's village
Due to geographical and geological reasons the Philippines are meant to be a disaster-prone area. The 7.107 islands are not only hit by around 20 typhoons a year, but are also part of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire – a zone which is frequently affected by volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and earthquakes.
Just recently, the earth also shook in the Children's Village. This is not uncommon and if it shakes a bit, no one panics. However, in the last years there have been some very destructive earthquakes in the Philippines. To prevent major accidents in such cases of disaster, everyone should be well trained and prepared.
For this purpose, an earthquake drill was taking place in MARIPHIL Children´ s Village last week. After the housemothers, volunteers, children and employees had theoretically learned how an earthquake occurs in the first place and why the Philippines are disaster-affected, everyone was sent back to their homes and to work. When the earthquake alarm was set off, everyone followed the instructions: Protect the head with your hands and run as fast as possible to an open space where you crouch down. If you do not have the opportunity to get yourself out of harm's way, you should look for shelter under a table inside the room.
Many thanks to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) staff who offered the training!