By: Marcus Llanera
Last August 23, 2018, the WVSU College of Education conducted an Earthquake and Fire Drill at the New Academic Building, WVSU Main Campus. The goal of this event is to send awareness to the students and also equip the school about disaster and emergency preparedness.
Starting the day was a lecture on Earthquake preparedness by Mr. Darwin Joemil G. Papa, Advance Emergency Medical Technician from the Iloilo City Emergency Response team (ICER). He gave important points and reminders about what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. The volunteer students and the teachers and staffs were given instructions regarding the protocols to be followed during an actual scenario.
As the alarm rings, the students inhabiting the building evacuated as the students and teachers facilitators guide their way out of danger. Doing the duck, cover, hold, the students paraded to the nearest exits. The students, with the help of the men from the BFP, executed the possible scenarios that could happen during an earthquake.
After lunch was the fire drill. The guest speaker is from City Fire Station Officer from the BFP, SFO2 Antonio Escobido. He gave a lecture on Fire Fighting and Fire prevention as a prerequisite before engaging in the drill.
Following the same instructions, the students went out of their classrooms as they hear the siren and went to the designated evacuation site. Fire marshals took over the flow of the evacuation.
The medical teams and responders were also present during the whole day. The whole area was also isolated to minimize the amount of people going to the actual site.
The closing remarks was given by Prof. Berlouie L. Baga-an, OIC-Director of the UDRRMC.
All-in-all, the College of Education was evaluated as perfect 10 for their readiness and alertness when faced with emergencies such as Fire and Earthquakes.