TCS Conducts Earthquake Drill
"We cannot stop natural calamities from happening but we can arm ourselves with knowledge in order to be ready at hand."
Trinity Christian School conducted a school wide earthquake drill last June 22 to assess the capacity level of the school during and after disasters and emergencies. This drill was in consonance with the Department of Education's call to conduct simultaneous earthquake drills nationwide to heighten student's level of preparedness during an earthquake.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro emphasized the importance of calamity preparedness - the knowledge on what to do and what not to do during disasters. Moreover, he stressed that this exercise should be taken seriously by the school community.
Sir Jonathan Galang, TCS' security officer also emphasized the “duck, cover and hold" until the “shaking stops". During the drill the students observed the orderly manner of going to their designated evacuation area.
The Red Cross group of the school as well as the Vanguard Officers were among those who spearheaded the activity.
The evaluators of the activity were the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers of the City and the Office of Civil Defense. They gave TCS a score of 90% and they said that the activity can be improved more and more.
They said that disasters often follow natural hazards but we can prevent it from turning it to a disaster by understanding and practicing safety precautions and measures. Moreover, ABS-CBN was also there to cover the drill.
Prior to the activity,(June 15) Mr. Aaron Bais, the City DRRM Officer conducted an orientation on “How to Conduct and Earthquake Drill in School". It was participated by the TCS Faculty and Staff, FF Gonzaga Elementary School Teachers and the Angela Gonzaga National High School Teachers.
By June 20, the school held a “practice earthquake drill" for parents, students and the Teachers and Staff of the school.
This activity is pursuant to DepEd Order No. 48, s. 2012 or the quarterly Conduct of the National School-Based Earthquake and Fire Drills
The school will be conducting more earthquake and fire drills within the year.