“Drop, cover and hold on” – which gives one the best overall chance of protecting oneself – was emphasized during the Fire and Earthquake Orientation and Evacuation Drill of SM City San Pablo.
Through the cooperation of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), Philippine Red Cross San Pablo Chapter and SM City san Pablo CRS Department conducted a Fire and Earthquake Evacuation Drill to reinforce its preparedness exercise.
Employees, tenants and agency personnel of SM City San Pablo participated the annual fire and earthquake drill at the mall’s premises as part of the SM’s commitment to ensure preparedness inside the mall and surrounding premises in the event of disaster. “While we can never really predict when a disaster will strike, we would like to be better prepared for it. Preparedness is really the key in ensuring the safety of our shoppers, tenants, employees and of course ourselves during fire or earthquake,” says Mall Manager GT Exconde
Apart from the simulations of fire, earthquake and evacuation, challenging mock-up situations such as traumatized employees suffering from burn and severely injured victims with fractures were also carried out to boost the mall’s Emergency Response Group (ERG) skills in responding to such cases as well as the ability to account for all the people within the affected premises. These simulations also help in enhancing the coordination among the tasked units during emergency situations.
Proper handling of fire extinguisher and fire hose were likewise taught, demonstrated and performed during the actual simulation of suppressing fire. Post drill assessment followed. The team of evaluators Randy T. Lim |-Traffic Aid 1 (CDRRMO), Audie B.Bareza | Coop Technician (CDRRMO) ,Vincent Christopher L. Cruz | Nurse (CDRRMO) and Alexis Ray B. Janolino / Instructor Management Service – Safety Service / Disaster Management Service (Red Cross San Pablo Chapter) commended SM City San Pablo for its preparedness and capability in handling disaster situations. This exercise is observed yearly by the mall to illustrate and practice the proper response before, during and after these hazards happen.
Emergencies can happen at any time and any place and practicing what to do in advance makes you better prepared to handle the emergency. Being prepared for disasters is a shared responsibility. It takes the whole community, all of us, working together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disaster emergencies. (NWR)