Earthquake Awareness and Safety Drill in Schools

The Office of Disaster Management in collaboration with the Ministry of Education initiated and carried out a national Earthquake Drill in all schools. This is part of the activities to increase awareness on earthquake hazards and safety plans.

A "DROP, COVER and HOLD ON" exercise was executed in schools on Tuesday January 29, 2019 at 10am.

This is a critical activity as the ODM and the wider Ministry of Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal seek to build collaborative efforts on strengthening the national Early Warning Systems (EWS) and to build the preparedness and response capacity of our youths.

Students were encouraged to take the message home to their families and continue to practice. The general public should also begin to practice a few simple safety activities. These include examining your homes, offices and business places and determining your safe space such as under desks, tables, beds, an interior wall free of hanging objects or drop and take cover next to these objects if you are unable to fit under them in the event of an earthquake.

Be reminded that earthquakes can occur at any time. Knowing what to do reduces panic and chances of getting hurt.

Assessment Following the Earthquake Drill
Drop Cover Hold On
Drop Cover Hold On
Drop Cover Hold On
Drop Cover Hold On
Students Assemble at Muster Point
Students Evacuate Building