Philippines: How a public school in Marikina prepares for natural disasters
By Gaby N. Baizas
What makes SEHS’ DRR program unique?
Monthly earthquake drills
SEHS conducts monthly earthquake drills, both announced and unannounced.
All students and faculty members participate in the regular drills, where they pass through the designated routes to evacuate to Marikina Freedom Park, wearing makeshift headgear to protect themselves from any debris.
Communication and dissemination
Tejada said all members of the SEHS community are well-informed on their different DRR measures through different avenues.
Tejada immediately disseminates all announcements on earthquakes, typhoons, and other disasters on the faculty’s Facebook group.
He said that all faculty members are aware of the different DRR plans and programs as they are continually updated during faculty meetings.
The same is done for students during their regular flag raising assemblies, and for parents, during the annual parent orientations.
For each of their monthly drills and actual earthquakes, a tarpaulin is filled with all the necessary statistics, such as the number of participants and casualties, for easy recording purposes.