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Get Ready for ShakeDrill 2016! Nationwide Earthquake Drill on 22 June 2016

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Metro Manila ShakeDrill is a national simultaneous earthquake drill that aims to prepare everyone from the possibility of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake along the West Valley fault. Although no one can stop a natural disaster, the goal of MMDA is to train everyone in disaster preparedness in order to have a low casualty rate in case of an earthquake.




This is a national earthquake drill that was launched for the first time in 2015. This year, it will take place on Wednesday, 22 June 2016.


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Here are some guidelines and FAQs about what to expect on they day of the MM ShakeDrill 2016.


Learn more about the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill day on June 22, 2016 and what will happen in Metro Manila on that day.


What should we do at 9:00 AM?


“If you are at the office, at school, or inside a building, once the signal starts at 9:00 AM, perform the duck, cover, and hold maneuver for 45 seconds. After that, evacuate your building to a safe open area.


If you are in your vehicle, stop your car and keep away from structures that are likely to fall, such as billboards and power lines.”


What if I’m at home at 9:00 AM?


“If you are at home, perform the duck, cover and hold for 45 seconds. You don’t have to evacuate your house. Just know where the nearest barangay evacuation center is located. Have your emergency bag on hand.


Prepare and implement your family evacuation procedure. Check for fire and be aware. Know where your family members are, and check your house and surroundings for cracks and structural defects.”


What if I’m on the road by 9:00 AM?


“The MMDA traffic constables will signal the start of the Shake Drill by holding up EARTHQUAKE DRILL signs. All vehicles are expected to stop for 1 minute, except for vehicles on and below flyovers and tunnels which need to keep moving to avoid these structural hazards. Traffic lights on the major roads will flash for 1 minute as well.”


Are public services going to be disrupted on June 22?


“No, all public services will be operational on June 22.


The point of the ShakeDrill is to simulate the earthquake on a normal day, where people will be where they normally are.”


Will the power, telephone, and internet lines be cut off?


“No. There will be no metro-wide disruption of power or communication lines.


It is up to the discretion of individual companies, schools, institutions, or barangays if they will simulate these circumstances in your respective areas.”


How about the trains?


“The MRT and LRT lines will be operational during the ShakeDrill. However, in a real earthquake situation, train commuters should follow these tips and instructions.”


What will emergency response teams be doing during the drill?


“A composite team of MMDA, MMDRRMC, PNP, AFP, and the local DRRMOs of LGUs will be staging simulated earthquake response scenarios, and setting up evacuation sites at their respective quadrants and local government jurisdictions.


An integrated command center will be set up at the Joint Task Force – National Capital Region headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, which will be linked up with the NDRRMC command post at the AFP Grandstand, also at Camp Aguinaldo.”


Where are the evacuation centers?


City and barangay officials will take the lead in providing evacuation centers for their residents.


The following locations are also being considered as evacuation areas:


North Quadrant:

  • UP Diliman campus, Quezon City
  • Three S Center, Agustin Street, Valenzuela City
  • La Loma cemetery, Samson Road, Caloocan City
  • Pinaglabanan Shrine, San Juan City


East Quadrant:

  • Ultra complex, Pasig City
  • Training Center, C. Raymundo St., Pasig City
  • Marikina Boys Town, Marikina City
  • Red Cross Compound, Marikina City
  • Marikina City Hall


West Quadrant:

  • Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City
  • University of Santo Tomas campus, Manila
  • Amphitheater near Malabon City Hall, Malabon City


South Quadrant:

  • University of Makati complex, Makati City
  • Near Garden of Memories Cemetery, Bagong Kalsada, Pateros
  • Cayetano Science High School, Diego Silang St., Brgy. Ususan, Taguig City
  • Paranaque City Hall, San Martin de Porres St., Paranaque City
  • Sucat Posadas, Muntinlupa City
  • Filinvest MTB Trail, Filinvest Avenue, Muntinlupa City
  • Sunken Garden at Gen. Paulino Santos Avenue, Muntinlupa City


Do we need to proceed to the evacuation areas?


“You don’t have to proceed to the quadrant or local evacuation areas. Just know their locations, as well as how to get there, in case there are fires and strong aftershocks during a real earthquake.”




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Author: Marcelle Villegas
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