Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT) faculty, staff, and students actively participated in the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill on June 8, 2023, as part of the college’s commitment to promoting emergency preparedness and increasing awareness about earthquake safety measures.
The drill adhered to the standard DUCK, COVER, and HOLD procedure, which helps minimize the risk of injuries, particularly to the neck and head, during an earthquake. Employees swiftly evacuated their respective buildings in an orderly manner, ensuring they covered their heads to protect themselves from potential falling debris. They diligently followed the posted emergency exit signs and made their way to the designated open-space evacuation areas, also known as “safe zones.”
Being situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is highly susceptible to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Consequently, conducting regular earthquake preparedness drills like this one becomes crucial to saving lives and mitigating damage to properties.
ASCOT’s active involvement in this drill highlights the institution’s unwavering commitment to preparedness for natural disasters and its role in reducing the impact of such events.
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